Achanan Nab (Achaan Naeb 1897-1983) was born in a governor’s family in a Thai province adjacent to Myanmar. She studied Buddhism at the age of 35 under the guidance of Achaan Pathunta U Vilasa. Psychology and Vipassana meditation. Twelve years later, she began to teach others, established meditation centers in many monasteries, and finally, under the auspices of the royal family, founded the Buddhist Rearch and Mental Welfare at Wat Sraket in Bangkok. Association), when she was nearly 70 years old, she was still engaged in teaching work; her students also continued her work of spreading Vipassana practice.
Jinshan Temple is a quiet and cool lecture hall and boutique in the heart of modern Bangkok. Visiting A Jiangnian is an opportunity to hear the clear and direct Dharma.
First she might instruct the visitors to sit comfortably and ask them not to move. Of course, visitors will automatically change their posture very quickly. “Wait, don’t move! Why are you moving? Don’t move.” The teaching of A Jiangnian is so direct to the most obvious source of suffering – our body. If we just stop at a certain position, try not to move. Finally, the bitterness will continue to increase, forcing us to change our posture. Our actions throughout the day are almost always in the same pattern. After waking up, we get up, then go to the toilet to lift the urine of the bladder, then we will eat to relieve the hunger, then we sit down to ease the pain of standing, then we read, or talk, or watch TV transfer Uneasy heart. We will move again to rule out another uncomfortable movement, each of which does not bring happiness, just to relieve the inevitable suffering of following the body with birth. A Jiang Nian’s teaching is very brief. She instructs us to observe the cause and effect of suffering in daily life and movements. It is clear that the process is the direct path of suffering and the joy of gaining consciousness.
A Jiang Nian also put forward many important views on Buddhism. First of all, she stressed that she must have a good opinion before the practice. She said that it is not easy to keep the middle road. Without the righteousness and vigilance, wisdom will not be carried out. The so-called righteousness is to know how to be correct. To detect the heart and the flesh, we also know how dyeing arises through greed, and can clearly distinguish the difference between “knowing the present thing” and “developmenting power”. Knowing that the former is the correct exercise, the latter is Incorrect practice.
She particularly emphasizes the difference between Vipassana practice and determined practice. The adhesion of the fixed force or special health method in practice will hinder wisdom. Vipassana only needs to directly observe the current heart and body, and do not force or concentrate. It is imperative to directly understand the heart and body in any position. We will clearly see how suffering and dissatisfaction drive our daily actions. We will also see that the heart and the body are constantly changing, and the heart and the body are separate and empty.
A Jiangyan said that only in Vipassana practice, wisdom will arise through direct understanding of the heart and the body. She emphasizes that the unique place of the Buddha’s teachings is to regard the four minds as the gateway to all Vipassana. She pointed out that as long as you practice observing the present, especially our heart, body, and the cause and effect of all actions, you can do it, and you don’t need to do anything special.
Ah Jiangnian encourages us to hear the truth, so that we can gain wisdom. She said:
If we hear it, it means that we have no preconceived ideas or opinions when we hear it. If we hear it with a closed heart, our established ideas or opinions It will inevitably hide the truth. In this case, we will not be able to gain wisdom. Therefore, we should put these aside and listen to it with an open mind. Don’t think about what our “our” teacher has taught before. We should not consider who the speaker is, whether it is our teacher; do not have any prejudice against him; we must hear it with an open heart, try to think whether these words are reasonable, and whether it will lead us to the truth.
Many Buddhist centers in Thailand teach according to this tradition (as in Myanmar), and they welcome Westerners to visit and learn to experience the growth of wisdom and freedom.