No Attainment or Achievement

William B. Turner
2 min readFeb 12, 2021

It’s always worthwhile to listen to Ajahn Sumedho. He is an old Thai forest monk who grew up in the United States, then went to Thailand to live at the forest monastery of Ajahn Chah for many years before moving to England and starting a new monastery there. He usually ends up saying something that he finds amusing and laughing, more or less at himself.

He is very clear that, after over 40 years as a monk, he has accomplished nothing.

This is a problem for anyone who wants to write about Buddhism. Most (all?) Buddhist teachers agree that there is no…