Happiness and suffering do not depend on being poor or rich, they depend on having the right or wrong understanding in our mind.

— Ajahn Chah

The most devotion Ajahn Chah quotes that will activate your desire to change

Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.


If you let go a little you will have a little happiness.

If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.


All religions are like different cars all moving in the same direction.

People who don't see it have no light in their hearts.


Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.


To observe and watch one's own mind is something really interesting.

The untrained mind will run and follow its old habit patterns. Because it has not been trained and taught, it will get lost in all kinds of stories and issues. Therefore we have to train our mind. The meditation practice in Buddhism is all about training one's own mind.


There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free.


Letting go a little brings a little peace.

Letting go a lot brings a lot of peace. Letting go completely brings complete peace.


The mind of one who practises doesn't run away anywhere, it stays right there.

Good, evil, happiness and unhappiness, right and wrong arise, and he knows them all. The meditator simply knows them, they don't enter his mind. That is, he has no clinging. He is simply the experiencer.


Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.


When sitting in meditation, say, "That's not my business!" with every thought that comes by.


To define Buddhism without a lot of words and phrases, we can simply say, 'Don't cling or hold on to anything. Harmonize with actuality, with things as they are.'


I am like a tree in a forest. Birds come to the tree, they sit on its branches and eat its fruits. To the birds, the fruit may be sweet or sour or whatever. The birds say sweet or they say sour, but from the tree's point of view, this is just the chattering of birds.


About Ajahn Chah

Quotes 95 sayings
Birthday June 17, 1918

Learn to see that it is not things that bother us, that we go out to bother them. See the world as a mirror. It is all a reflection of the mind. When you know this, you can grow in every moment, and every experience reveals truth and brings understanding.


If you see certainty in that which is uncertain, you are bound to suffer


Some people are afraid of generosity.

They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer.


Mental activity is like a deadly poisonous cobra.

If we don't interfere with a cobra, how poisonous it may be, it simply goes its own away.


The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement.


Once you understand non-self, then the burden of life is gone.

You'll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy. Learn to let go without struggle, simply let go, to be just as you are - no holding on, no attachment, free.


Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one.


The ultimate truth is like the flavour of an apple which you can't see with the eye or hear with the ear. The only way to experience it is to put the teachings into practice. Once you taste it, you are no longer in any doubt about its flavour and you do not have to ask anyone else. The problem is solved.


If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate.


Only one book is worth reading: the heart.


When one does not understand death, life can be very confusing.


If you listen to the Dhamma teachings but don't practice you're like a ladle in a soup pot. The ladle is in the soup pot every day, but it doesn't know the taste of the soup. You must reflect and meditate.


If it isn't good, let it die. If it doesn't die, make it good.


If you let go completely you will have complete peace.


The heart of the path is quite easy. There's no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That's all that I do in my own practice.


The heart is just the heart; thoughts and feelings are just thoughts and feelings. Let things be just as they are.


Look at your own mind. The one who carries things thinks he's got things, but the one who looks on sees only the heaviness. Throw away things, lose them, and find lightness.


Practicing meditation is just like breathing.

While working we breathe, while sleeping we breathe, while sitting down we breathe... Why do we have time to breathe? Because we see the importance of the breath, we can always find time to breathe. In the same way, if we see the importance of meditation practice we will find the time to practice.


These days people don't search for the Truth.

People study simply in order to find knowledge necessary to make a living, raise families and look after themselves, that's all. To them, being smart is more important than being wise!


A madman and an arahant both smile, but the arahant knows why while the madman doesn't.


With even a little intuitive wisdom we will be able to see clearly the ways of the world. We will come to understand that everything in the world is our teacher.


Where does rain come from? It comes from all the dirty water that evaporates from the earth, like urine and the water you throw out after washing your feet. Isn't it wonderful how the sky can take that dirty water and change it into pure, clean water? Your mind can do the same with your defilements if you let it.


If you are still following your likes and dislikes, you have not even begun to practise Dhamma.


At some point your heart will tell itself what to do.


The mind is intrinsically tranquil. Out of this tranquility, anxiety and confusion are born. If one sees and knows this confusion, then the mind is tranquil once more.


The Dharma Path is to keep walking forward.

But the true Dharma has no going forward, no going backward, and no standing still.


You say that you are too busy to meditate.

Do you have time to breathe? Meditation is your breath. Why do you have time to breathe but not to meditate? Breathing is something vital to peoples lives. If you see that Dhamma practice is vital to your life, then you will feel that breathing and practising the Dhamma are equally important.


Dharma is in your mind, not in the forest.

Don't believe others, just listen to your mind. You don't have to go anywhere else. Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one.


All that I have said up to now has merely been words.

When people come to see me, I have to say something. But it is best not to speak about these matters too much. Better to begin practice without delay. I am like a good friend inviting you to go somewhere. Do not hesitate, just get going. You won't regret it.


If we see suffering then we don't have suffering.


To practice Dhamma means to observe and examine oneself.


When we conquer ourselves, then everything will be conquered: oneself, others, and all the sense objects as well, coming in by way of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body -- it will all get conquered like this.


Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course.

Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha.


The one who recognizes the uncertainty of phenomena is the Dharma within you.


We don't meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.


If you haven't cried deeply a number of times, your meditation hasn't really begun.


If your mind is happy then you are happy anywhere you go.

When wisdom awakens within you, you will see Truth wherever you look. Truth is all there is. It's like when you learned how to read, you can then read anywhere you go.