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  • Food for the Heart

  • The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah
  • Written by: Ajahn Chah
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Written by: Ajahn Chah
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Publisher's Summary

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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Deep Dhamma in simple words

I feel grateful to come in contact with this book. Every session is filled with deep knowledge and thoughts to reflect on.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chad
  • 18-10-16

Insightful with a bit of humor

Nearly every chapter was very helpful. Ajahn Chah was immensely insightful and this book is an easy way to gain the wisdom he shared.

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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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  • Adrian Chan-Wyles Ph.D
  • 25-08-21

Genuine Dhamma Practice

Ajahn Chah was a much respected teacher from the very strict Forest Tradition preserved within the Theravada School of Thailand. Indeed, so profound and powerful was this Master's understanding that even his words recorded (and translated) in a book years after his physical death still 'shine' with a genuine spiritual light that deeply penetrates the mind of every person fortunate enough to encounter this text! How fortunate it is that Audible are permitting this manual of intricate mind development to be part of the 'Plus Catalogue' and 'free' for all members to access as and when they feel the need! Ajahn Chah did not tolerate the Dhamma being sold for money and would have approved of this arrangement!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Milly 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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  • 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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  • cagire
  • 24-07-21

Wise words well read.

Wonderfully read by Graeme Malcolm, this is a rich collection of the teachings of Ajahn Chah, and certainly one I will be reviewing regularly.

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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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  • 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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  • adam
  • 26-10-21

wonderful

Thank You for making this part of the included list. This is a fantastic book, Beautifully narrated, after the first few chapters this book flys, very helpful and a excellent guide.

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  • Mrs. Jade Jihan Law
  • 14-09-21

Food for the heart is food for the soul

“I lead you to the path then it’s up to you” Ajahn Chah.

This book is full of good guidance on doing the inner work and the practice.

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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.