One of my favorite anecdotes of Ajahn Chah’s penetrating yet deceptively simple teaching style is the following tale. Ajahn Chah was constantly visited by people seeking guidance in their Dharma practice, including established Buddhist teachers. One such teacher that came to see Ajahn Chah was a teacher of Buddhist psychology and Abhidharma (Buddhist philosophy). She asked him if he thought that it was important for his students to understand Buddhist psychology as she did. Ajahn Chah agreed that he did. She then asked the forest monk if he had his students study Abhidharma. Ajahn Chah stated that he did. She next asked him where he had his students begin, which books and studies where best. “Only here,” replied Ajahn Chah, pointing to his heart. “Only here.”
The above post first appeared on the blog 'Forest Wisdom,' which was reborn as this one.