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Paul Breiter visits revered Thai teacher Ajahn Chah on his first trip to America.

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I wasn't aware of it at the time, but that morning Luang Por {Ajahn Chah} was feeling quite discouraged. The night before he'd been shown some girlie magazines, and he felt great pity mixed with hopelessness to see such degradation, which indicated deep ignorance. As he sat on the lawn with Ajahn Pabhakaro that morning, he was saying that maybe they should just forget about the rest of theAjahn Chan trip and go back home; how could such people be taught? Then these young Westerners showed up. They had come to offer food and hear teaching. It brightened his outlook considerably, and from that point he began to teach with real enthusiasm.

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