November 06, 2007 [Banner photo courtesy]

The heart of the path is so simple.
No need for long explanations.
Give up clinging to love and hate,
Just rest with things as they are.
That is all I do in my own practice.

Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
When you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
Resist nothing.

Of course,
There are dozens of meditation techniques
To develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana.
But it all comes back to this -
Just let it all be.
Step over here where it is cool,
Out of the battle.

Why not give it a try?
Do you dare?

[ Jack Cornfield quoting Ajahn Chah in 'A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah', a Quest Book ]