70. Similar results, but not the same

The second day of the waning moon of the eleventh month, Luang Pu’s birthday, falls on the second day after the end of the Rains Retreat every year. So his students—both scholarly monks and practicing monks—liked to travel to pay their respects to him on that day, to ask his advice on the practice or to report the results of their practice from the preceding Rains. This is one tradition they observed as long as he was alive.

Once, after giving detailed advice on how to practice, Luang Pu ended with the following words,

“Studying the Dhamma by reading and listening results in perceptions and concepts. Studying the Dhamma by practicing it results in actual levels of Dhamma in the heart.”