A Tree in a Forest: A Collection of Ajahn Chah's Similes by Dhamma Garden Translation Group (ed.)

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As soon 57 as the fly touches and shakes the web — boop! — the spider pounces on it and winds it up in thread. It stores the insect away and then returns again to collect itself silently in the center of its web. is is not at all different from our own minds. Our mind is comparable to the spider, and our moods and mental impressions to the various insects. e senses constantly stimulate the mind. When any of them contacts something, it immediately reaches the mind. e mind then investigates and examines it thoroughly, after which it returns to the center.

E mind reacts similarly. When a comfortable mental impression drops into the mind, the mind is comfortable. When the mental impression is uncomfortable, the mind is uncomfortable. e mind becomes cloudy, like the coloured water. When clear water contacts yellow, it turns yellow. When it contacts green, it turns green. It will change colour every time. Actually the water which turned green or yellow is naturally clean and clear. is is also the natural state of the mind — clean and pure and unconfused.

Erefore samadhi is not a sure thing. To find real peace you must develop wisdom. Samadhi is one kind of peace, like the stone covering the grass. is is only a temporary peace. e peace of wisdom is like putting the stone down and just leaving it there. In this way the grass can’t possibly grow back again. is is real peace, the calming of the defilements, the sure peace which results from wisdom. H ose who study theory and those who practise meditation misunderstand each other. Usually those who emphasize study say things like, “Monks who only practise meditation just follow their own opinions.

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