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AuthorTiyavanich, Kamala, 1948-
TitleSons of the Buddha : the early lives of three extraordinary Thai masters / Kamala Tiyavanich
Imprint Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, c2007
Descript xxvi, 271 p. : ill., maps, portraits ; 23 cm

SUMMARY

A thrilling spiritual biography—or rather, three in one—Sons of the Buddha is an excellently written, transcendent account of an all-but-lost Thailand and the early lives of three of its most prominent Buddhist teachers. Filled with lively anecdotes and illustrations, Sons of the Buddha tells the early life stories of three master Buddhist preachers from Thailand, each of whom also has followings in North America. Ajahn Buddhadasa (1906-93), Ajahn Panya (b. 1911), and Ajahn Jumnien (b. 1936), all monks and abbots of monasteries, have been highly influential in Thai society and tireless in their work and teaching. A preacher must have common sense, know how to turn everyday life experience into Dharma lessons, and be able to accurately assess the needs of his audience. Sons of the Buddha shows how three boys evolved into remarkable embodiments of the "preacher" ideal. Each would effect changes in moral attitudes and Dharma practices, restore Buddhism's social dimension, bridge the divide separating laypeople and monastics, and champion an openmindedness toward other religions. In these delightful stories-full of local color-we see what it was that led them to become so fearless and influential. -- From publisher's web site and back cover


CONTENT

PART I AJAHN BUDDHADASA (BOYHOOD NAME: NGUAM) : A Merchant-poet father ; Art of cooking ; Teachers of frugality ; Fighting fish ; Teaching temple boys ; Training storytellers ; Chaiya boxers ; Folk remedies ; Modern education ; Finding food ; Local entertainment ; Dhamma debates ; Culture of Sila-Dhamma


Phra Thepwsuthimethi (Nguam) 1906-1993 Phra Thepwsutthimethi (Pan) 1911- Jumnien Ajahn 1936- Buddhist monks -- Thailand -- Biography Buddhism -- Thailand -- History -- 20th century

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Arts Library : Thai Studies Collectionท BQ556 K15S 2007STAFF ONLY
Central Library (5th Floor)294.30922593 T624SCHECK SHELVES

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