This book was both inspiring and mind opening. Author and journalist Tim Ward sought enlightenment and spent a season in this unique Buddhist monastery-one of the strictest in Southeast Asia. His affectionate "behind the robes" book about the rigors and foibles of monastic life at Wat Pah Nanchat has become a modern Buddhist classic. Anyone who has ever considered running away to meditate in the seclusion of a foreign cloister would be well served by reading this book. It isn't particularly funny or exciting but there were just a lot of times where I had to set the book aside and think, really think, about what I had just read.
Jan 20, 2018 Ben Payne rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? In Pahnanachat, the monks keep the 227 rules laid down by the Buddha, including refraining from all k There is still a place in the jungles of Thailand, where you can leave it all behind... Want to Read saving….
And how do Tim and the others react when Thai villagers put a Mars Bar in their begging bowls? Overall a great read, and I would recommend it for anyone who is beginning to look at the world of meditation and the practices of Theravada Buddhism. Written in a bit of halting style, but a good memoir of the author's time as an ordained layman in one of Thai "Forest Master" Ajahn Chah's farang foreigner monasteries.
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Interesting, amusing, and refreshing perspective behind the closed doors of a Thai monastery. No trivia or quizzes yet. Trivia About What the Buddha N...
Now living in Washington, D. I learned so much about Buddhism. The story of the author's stay in a Thai forest monastery.
It really ruined it for me - it felt more like a way of selling the author's newer books and did not add anything to the story that I had invested so much time and love towards. His stories have appeared in thirteen anthologies, including Best Travel Writing 2006. Get A Copy. The book probably deserves 4 stars for being well-written and holding my interest even while delivering uninspiring scenes.