Prison of life

The Prison of Life

In a lifetime of service to the Buddha, Ajahn Buddhadasa creatively did whatever he could to help us see how grasping and clinging — especially to ‘me’ and ‘mine’ — is at the center of all our distress, suffering, and dukkha. Simultaneously, he pointed to ‘the life that doesn’t bite its owner’ and how we can practice to live with minds and hearts free and empty of the clinging that bites. He challenged us to find such potential in this life, whether we are ‘religious’ or not, and whatever our vocation, gender, and status. In this booklet, Ajahn Buddhadasa gets to the heart of the Buddha’s teaching in a simple, direct, and powerful metaphor. He surveys some of the many ways we imprison ourselves, despite however much affluence and privilege we might claim. When we see this, we will seek our freedom more wisely in right practice today and not wait to go off to a monastery or retreat, to find a guru, or to seek whatever external trapping might appear necessary. This talk is one of the many he gave to foreign retreatants during the last eight years of his life. Some of these have already been made into books, such as this one. The original translation has been checked with the original Thai for better accuracy and then edited for easier reading. This eBook edition has been slightly revised from earlier printed editions. We hope you enjoy it; even more that you benefit from practicing its wisdom today. (...)

(Introduction by the translator)

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The Prison of Life by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Translated from the Thai by Santikaro

First published in 1990 in Evolution/Liberation # 4

Published by the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives in collaboration with Liberation Park & with the support of the Buddhadasa Foundation.

Additional Info

Publisher(s): Liberation Park Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives

Language(s): English