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Renowned for the beauty and simplicity of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was Thailand's best-known meditation teacher. His charisma and wisdom influenced many American and European seekers, and helped shape the American Vipassana community.

This collection brings together for the first time Ajahn Chah's most powerful teachings, including those on meditation, liberation from suffering, calming the mind, enlightenment and the "living dhamma". Most of these talks have previously only been available in limited, private editions and the publication of Food for the Heart, therefore, represents a momentous occasion: the hugely increased accessibility of his words and wisdom.

Western teachers such as Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years, and now listeners can experience them directly in this book.

©2002 Abhayagiri Monastic Foundation (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Fantastic content delivered beautifully

I am glad I chose this book as my first introduction to the teachings of Ajahn Chah. The content is extremely relevant for anyone interested in spirituality. It's well written and easy to understand. The narrator has done a wonderful job too. But, be warned, this book is not the kind that you listen to only once. It has so many deep insights that it grows on you every time you listen to it. This is the type of book you would want to listen to repeatedly.

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  • Mesut
  • 17-09-16

You Don't Need to be a Buddhist to Understand Him

I have been a Buddhist most of my life. I didn't meet Ajahn Chah while he was alive. I don't know Thai. I am listening his words from a translation, yet I can see how easy he communicated things, feel how uncluttered his mind was.

If you are not a Buddhist, this book will help you to understand what Buddhism is about. If you are just at the beginning your practice, his words will address many of your confusions. If you are deep into your practice, he'll clear the sky for you. It really is food for all hearts.

Graeme Malcolm's narration is very good. He is neither monotone nor overexcited. Overall I am recommending this audiobook for all listeners.

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  • Michael
  • 06-07-17

The Practice Thoroughly Discussed

You carry your breath and mind everywhere with you, wherever you go, so you can meditate anywhere. You use your breath to help transform your mind. You transform your mind to attain Nibbana, Absolute Peace. The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path lie within you. You are the path, your mind must take you on the journey through it. It's up to you. Ajahn Chah points the way. It's a great compilation. Listen. Enjoy. Smile.

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  • mike cloud
  • 23-02-17

this is a book you must read

I would not call it a primer book but it is a book that helps clarify on the personal level many teachings regarding the practice. do not hesitate. get this book

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  • Josh
  • 03-11-16

I am grateful to have happened upon this audiobook

one of the most consistently impactful collections of talks on the matter. such insight and ability to teach to aid others in getting to the heart of the subject, making it personal.

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  • Gene Applewhite
  • 03-08-18

Cuts through the ego

This is one of the most insightful books on Buddhism that I’ve listened to so far. Ajahn Chah doesn’t beat around the bush in delivering the Dhamma. This is a very clear cut delivery of the original Buddha’s teachings. Since it’s Theravadan Buddhism, the monastic life figures heavily in Ajahn Chan’s teaching, but I think laypeople can take so much away from this book. If you highlighted every passage of wisdom in this, every page would be yellow! If you only wanted a few books on the Dhamma in your library don’t neglect this one. Also, the delivery of the content was excellent and smooth. I often listened to it on my work commute.

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  • Brian Robertson
  • 28-03-18

The Spirit of Buddhism

after 30+ years of Buddhism my favorite look at the nature of the inner life and spirit.

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  • Mr. Planty
  • 01-06-17

I was Depressed

It cured my deep depression and gave me a way to move forward. Truly a must read/listen.

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  • Melanie
  • 27-09-17

Timeless wisdom I can return to again and again.

I have listened to Food for the Heart several times and each time I learn something new. Ajahn Chah explains Buddha Dharma in a way that is both simple and profound. I appreciate his down-to-earth, "just do it" instructional style. This truly is food for the heart.

The narrator is so good! He has such a pleasant voice. Ajahn Chah has a fantastic sense of humor and the narrator does a wonderful job of conveying the humor in both inflection and tone.

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  • wfskeptic76
  • 29-07-17

love it.

Listening to the English accent was nice. The content is filled with so much information. I loved every minute and will probably listen again.

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  • @CyberSpaceSA
  • 03-09-20

Establishing the Foundations of Mindfulness

Yesterday, I closed the evening practicing a hour of refined mindfulness (mediation) training after listening to the teaching of this famous Thai monk, Phra Bodhiñāṇathera (Ajahn Chah) in "Food for the Heart". As a side note, more than one million people, including the Thai royal family, attended Ajahn Chah's funeral in January 1993. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to reach higher states of establishing the foundations of mindfulness (sati) thanks to the teachings of Ajahn Chah, and am forever thankful to learn from Thailand's best-known meditation teacher. I am blessed to have so many true friends, good health, a wonderful family and, in general, a very wonderful, prosperous, rewarding, healthy life. This collection of talks by Ajahn Chah, "Food for the Heart" is perfectly presented by Graeme Malcolm. I am sure would Ajahn Chah would be very pleased with this audiobook. This book is a masterwork for advanced meditation practitioners and at the same time is also accessible for beginners. Because this book is "included" as an Audible member benefit (free for members), this book should not be missed by anyone interested in mindfulness or meditation in general. Highly recommended.

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  • Mrs Monica Roque
  • 15-12-17

Loved it!

His teachings were really good, made me smile, laughs and enlighten me. This book is must have. Not just for the followers of Buddhism but everyone that needs some enlightenment, a way out of suffering, who wishes better understanding how mind works. Like readers said you might need some other have said you might need some previous references, or it be a little complicated to fully understand his teachings. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book. Namaste

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  • Kangaskoski
  • 19-11-17

wise, uncompromising, helpful.

i listened to this with great curiosity and appetite. the teaching is direct and helpful.

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  • Hayley
  • 28-07-17

Indeed, the best food for the heart

Listening to this has made me wiser, kinder and nearer to the real essense of teachings taught by Buddha.

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  • TZaal
  • 01-07-16

insight into monastic lives of Buddhist monks

I always prefer brittish narrator, a very insight into the monastic lives of Buddhist monks

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  • liam moore
  • 26-10-18

superb

Superb teaching of the Dharma, easy to listen to difficult to practice. There is a lot of repetition in the talks but the message is clear, practice, practice, practice all the time. If you want the true authentic Dharma get this book.

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  • Amanda F.
  • 17-12-17

Reveiw

clear, assertive, teaching. This book has steadied and strengthened my practice. A book about doing, not about feeling clever

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  • Daniel Hanus
  • 12-10-17

Really great and invaluable piece of treasure!

That is a brilliant collection of Ajahn's wisdom and teachings. I've absorbed every single word with so much appreciation and gratefulness.

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  • Andrew Flint
  • 09-06-18

A useful collection of Dhamma talks by Ajahn Chah

I think this audiobook would be most useful if you were to listen to a chapter a day and let the ideas and stories influence your day to day life. There's a lot there so it would also help to remember the issues in the talks.

These are very down to earth talks too, things that everyone can learn from.

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  • Bangorboy
  • 15-11-20

Profound

A lot of profound stuff in this. It’s a book I’ll definitely listen to again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-20

🙏🙏🙏☸️

Amazing.i enjoy it so much.great for your collection.i need to read it 2 or 3.what a wonderful Ajahn.

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  • Mark
  • 10-08-17

Outstanding,

The best book that I have come across at audible. Gold for anyone interested in Meditation or Buddhism.

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  • Ross
  • 23-11-18

Inspirational!!!

A great series of talks by a true master of the dharma. Ajahn Chah has the gift of being able to articulate the Dharma simply making it accessible to to all. Highly recommended. One of the best listens on audible.

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  • Ka Ming
  • 01-12-20

Really enjoyable

I didn’t want it to end. Enjoyed from start to finish and felt very peaceful after each listen.