The Paths Converge: St. Teresa de Avila and Ajahn Chah
with Prajna Lorin Piper
Saturday December 6, 6:30-8:00pm
“Truth is one, paths are many.”
– Sri Swami Satchidananda
St. Teresa de Avila, (Spain 1515-1582) founder of the Carmelite order, was one of the great mystics of the Catholic Church. Her writings speak of a path to complete union with God.
Ajahn Chah, (Thailand 1918-1992) instrumental in Theravedan Buddhism coming to the west, was part of a revival of Thai Buddhism, known now as the Thai Forest Tradition. His teachings speak to the end of suffering.
St Teresa’s writings, coming to us from across the centuries, are personal in the extreme, often difficult to penetrate. Ajahn Chah’s teachings, impersonal, clear, and from another world view, give us a key to understanding her.
Prajna lived in southern Spain for three years and has walked the Catholic pilgrimage from Sevilla to Rocio. She has practiced Buddhist based meditation for thirty years and most of the people she has studied with have been part of the Thai Forest Tradition. She lives and practices at the Integral Yoga Institute.