The Five Traditional Meditation Objects in the Thai Forest Tradition

Ajahn Piak

Returning to Chithurst after an interval of 40 years, Luang Por Piak, one of Luang Por Chah’s most revered and well known disciples, recalls an encounter with a ghost during his previous visit, and remarks on how much Chithurst has developed into a forest monastery conducive to states of concentration and tranquillity. He stresses that this concentration must be used as a tool for attaining insight, and details the five traditional objects of meditation traditionally given to new monastics: hair of the head, hair of the body, teeth, nails and skin.

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