Dhammapada 348

Let go what`s before, let go what`s after, let go what`s in the middle : Cross to the other shore.  With your mind freed on all fronts, you won`t come to birth and old age again.


This section has discussions on Buddhism by two of the most influential teachers, Ajahn Chah and Buddhadasa Bhikku.  Below is an introduction to these two teachers.

Ajahn Chah (17 January 1918 - 16 January 1992)

 Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist monk and was an influential teacher of the Buddha Dhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition.  Respected and loved in Thailand as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Beginning in 1979 with the founding of Cittaviveka (commonly known as Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) in the United Kingdom, the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah has spread throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.  More than one million people, attended Ajahn Chah's funeral in January 1993 held a year after his death.  He left behind a legacy of dhamma talks, students, and monasteries.

This video in an excerpt from the BBC documentary "The Mindful Way" which was produced in 1979. 

Buddhadasa Bhikku  (27 May 1906 - 25 May 1993) Buddhadasa Bhikkua was an influential Thai monk and -philosopher, known as an innovative re-interpreter of Buddhist doctrine and Thai folk beliefs.  He fostered a reformation in conventional religious perceptions in Thailand, as well as other countries.  He developed a personal view that those who have penetrated the essential nature of religions consider "all religions to be inwardly the same", while those who have the highest understanding of dhamma feel "there is no religion".  He went to Bangkok in 1926 for doctrinal training, but he returned to his native rural district and occupied a forest tract near to his village, founding Suan Mokkh in 1932.

In later years, Buddhadasa's teachings attracted many international seekers to his hermitage. He held talks with leading scholars and clergy of various faiths. His aim in these discussions was to probe the similarities at the heart of each of the major world religions. Before his death in 1993, he established an International Dhamma Hermitage Center across the highway from his own retreat to aid in the teaching of Buddhism and other yogic practices to international students.