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Upasika Kee Nanyon was a uniquely powerful spiritual teacher. Evocative of the great Ajahn Chah, her teachings are earthly, refreshingly direct, and hard hitting. In the twentieth century, she grew to become one of the most famous teachers in Thailand-male or female-all the more remarkable because, rarer still, she was not a monastic but a layperson. Her relentless honesty, along with her encouraging voice, lead many contemporary Buddhist teachers to recall Upasika Kee fondly and often. Pure and Simple is the first widely available collection of her writings.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu is the author of numerous books and articles. He is the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in northern San Diego County.


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"Penetrating" 10 janvier 2006
Par M. A. Rivera - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have had the pleasure and good fortune of having read a number of works associated with various accomplished Buddhists - particularly those within the Theravada tradition. It is extraordinarily encouraging to know that a "lay person", like Upasika Nanayon, appears to have been able to both devote such time to and achieve such depth in the pursuit and development of concentration and insight while following the Buddha's Dharma. Her life and instructions are an inspiration for those of us aspiring to achieve some measure of clarity and understanding along the Path. Even though she was a lay person, she strikes me as having been on par with other monastic Buddhist notables (e.g., Ajahn Chah) in her ability to comprehend, convey and apply the essence of the teachings. It is my modest opinion that practitioners will be exceptionally enriched by becoming acquainted with her written work(s).
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Straight to the Heart and Mind 20 octobre 2009
Par M. Pimentel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Upasika Kee Nanayon was an excellent teacher. Without higher ordination available to her, she no less dedicated her life to the Dhamma Vinaya and through her persevering effort can point others along the same path.

This book is a Dhamma gem of lucid accessible brilliance. Clear and easy to understand, it is for those who are ready to work on disciplining the mind and purifying the heart. It offers practical insight on the workings of the mind in a personable relevant way. There is no theory, no abstract principles, only the distillation of the practice in "pure and simple" language. Very similar to Ajahn Chah's style of teaching.

Though it is easy to understand even for beginners, the teaching provides for advanced practice in training the mind for on the cushion and off.
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If Thanissaro Bhikkhu translated it, read it! 3 février 2013
Par Aidan McDowell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Contemporary Buddhism is a house of many mansions. The myriad traditions, practices, and rituals can be bewildering to a seasoned practitioner of Buddhism, let alone to a newcomer. One good way to evaluate any tradition is to look at its prominent teachers and writers. Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Ajahn Geoff), the abbot of Wat Metta in Valley Center California (near San Diego), has solid credentials. I had the good fortune to meet him and speak with him about 15 years ago. (Now that I've moved back to California, I hope to visit him again.) By that time, he had already studied for 15 years in Thailand under very prominent masters in the Thai forest tradition. So, he's been at it for 30+ years. Since taking the position at Wat Metta, he has written and translated prolifically, making available books, pamphlets, and sermons on just about every facet of Theravada Buddhism. Although he is an American, he is fluent in both the Thai and Pali languages. He has a gift for making what can be somewhat esoteric teachings accessible to a Western audience. And I know that he walks the talk. He and his monks at Wat Metta abide strictly by the Vinaya rules. You can learn more by seaching his name, or "Wat Metta." Check out the Wat Metta Dhamma Talk Archive. There you'll find a catalogue of sermons on many topics, which you can listen to. I usually listen to one or two before I begin a meditation session.

Thailand, where the forest tradition is alive and well, also has many women who are celebrated meditation teachers. The subject of this book is one of them. Another short book he translated (even though his name doesn't appear on it) is "Reading the Mind: Advice for Meditators." It's a translation of the woman teacher Tan Ajahn Kor Khao-Suan Luang. Although short (only 41 pages), it has been the single most helpful book on meditation I've ever come across, and it's my constant companion. The author emphasizes the importance of understanding that meditation is a process of RECOGNIZING AND ROOTING OUT MENTAL DEFILEMENTS. There are many forms of "meditation" being packaged and marketed in the contemporary spiritual marketplace which never even mention mental defilements. I can categorically assert that, from a spiritual point of view, they are useless. It is the mental defilements, to which we tenaciously cling, that are the source of our suffering. The Buddha categorically stated that "It's suffering I teach, and the end of suffering."

Meditation is not easy, because the defiled mind has myriad defenses against it. It requires determination and consistent practice over a period of time. A good teacher isn't going to tell you what you want to hear. He or she isn't going to try to sell you the notion of "instant enlightenment." He or she isn't trying to sell you anything. You alone must decide whether the goal is worth the effort. If it is, you really have no alternative to it. In the end, you're liberated from suffering by your own efforts, and faith in the Dharma. Such faith is, however, not "blind faith." The results are such that you can experience them for yourself. Be assured, however, that no "guru" is going to save you. One of the most attractive characteristics of the Theravada Buddhist tradition ("the Way of the Elders") is that, while it has its esteemed teachers, the very idea of a holy-man "guru" is alien to it. You'll find no teacher, monk or otherwise, who boasts of his or her spiritual achievements, or sets himself or herself up as an idol to be worshipped. In fact, boasting of one's spiritual achievements, especially if such boasts are untrue, is a serious infraction of the Vinaya rules, the code of conduct for Buddhist monastics.

If you've come to the conclusion that your life amounts to little more than a chasing after wind, or running toward the horizon (the faster you run toward it, the faster it recedes), Buddhism is a good place to start getting your house in order. And you can do no better than to begin with the teachings and writings of the translator of this book.
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Awesome Book 20 décembre 2007
Par Mclusky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read the online version of this book from Access to Insight and was amazed by the grasp this remarkable laywoman had of the practice of the Dhamma. Her practice and account of it should be an inspiration to all of us lay Buddhists out there. The Dhamma and the Deathless are real and can be achieved by human effort. One must give up a lot and go against the grain of the world but the peace of Nibbana is there for all of us, lay or ordained if only we would follow the path. There are so many other books on Buddhism out there by scholars and others who try to fit the Dhamma into the narratives of Western Science or Western Cultural values and assumptions but they are all false or misguided because they don't face the Dhamma on it's own terms. Both the author and the translator have truly practiced the Dhamma according to the Dhamma. The truth in this book rings as clear as a bell and I hope anyone with a serious interest in practicing the Dhamma will pick it up and make use of it.
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Best book on Buddhism I've read so far 8 janvier 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It seemed like Upasika Kee Nanayon was talking directly to me. She cut's right to the heart of the matter. The title perfectly describes her style.
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