a still forest pool ... i like the imagery . it's more than just a title though .
don't expect to find too much guided meditations in this handsomely bound ( and equally handsomely titled ) book . the basics were all there for me to start practicing , but its not a manual on meditation . its much more than that .
i liked the anecdotes , each a gem of wisdom . it verily beckons us to descend off the heady heights of the mountain to start practicing here and now , in the mundane grind of everyday life . this is where it all happens .
mr. kornfield must also be commended for a fine job of putting this book together . each little vignette isn't haphazardly thrown together . this is a book best read slowly , a few pages at a time .
highly recommend it for all those who are really serious about practice .
This book is a collection of short dharma talks given by meditation master Achaan Chah.
Achaan Chah was abbot of one of the largest monastery complexes in the Thai Forest tradition. He welcomed and trained many western seekers who later returned to the west, becoming influential dharma teachers in their own right.
In this book, Achaan Chah largely eschews "theory" in favor of encouraging his students to practice. Don't expect academic discourses on Buddhist psychology or other esoteric topics. These talks are short (rarely more than a couple of pages), direct, and very inspiring.
Take your time reading this book. If you allow yourself a little time to digest the meaning of each piece, you might experience more benefit than attempting to read the book through in one sitting.