Actually in my own practice I didn't have a teacher to give as much teachings
as all of you get from me. I didn't have many teachers. I ordained in an ordinary
village temple and lived in village temples for quite a few years. In my mind
I conceived the desire to practice, I wanted to be proficient, I wanted to train.
There wasn't anybody giving any teaching in those monasteries but the inspiration
to practice arose. I traveled and I looked around. I had ears so I listened, I
had eyes so I looked. Whatever I heard people say, I'd tell myself, 'Not sure.'
Whatever I saw, I told myself, 'Not sure,' or when the tongue contacted sweet,
sour, salty, pleasant or unpleasant flavors, or feelings of comfort or pain arose
in the body, I'd tell myself, 'This is not a sure thing'! And so I lived with
- Ajahn Chah.