Available Truth: Excursions into Buddhist Wisdom and the Natural World

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With his books Landscapes of Wonder and Longing for Certainty, the American monk Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano led readers down literary trails, providing enlightening glimpses of the natural world.

In Available Truth, he guides us further along the path. His unqualified embrace of the Buddha's worldview - in intelligent and deeply thoughtful prose - distinguishes his work from many other Western Buddhist books. Along with reflections on mindfulness, impermanence, and the end of ...

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Overview

With his books Landscapes of Wonder and Longing for Certainty, the American monk Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano led readers down literary trails, providing enlightening glimpses of the natural world.

In Available Truth, he guides us further along the path. His unqualified embrace of the Buddha's worldview - in intelligent and deeply thoughtful prose - distinguishes his work from many other Western Buddhist books. Along with reflections on mindfulness, impermanence, and the end of suffering, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano is not afraid to delve into the topics of rebirth, karma, nonvirtue, and the roles of reasoned faith, ritual, and monasticism, revealing their continuing relevance for today's seeker. His patient awareness of the workings of the mind and the natural world will enable readers to deepen both their practice and their lives.

Available Truth will surely stand the test of time as both sound teaching and elegant writing.

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Editorial Reviews

Buddhadharma
"Readers who were inspired by the essays in Landscapes of Wonder will be pleased to find more of the same in Available Truth. Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano leads us through a series of encounters that serve as points of departure for reflections on the Buddhist teachings."
WildMind Buddhist Meditation blog
"Nyanasobhano, an American actor/playwright turned Theravadin Buddhist, writes essays and reflections on the Buddhist path that stand well apart from the general run of writing on Buddhism for their sheer literary quality."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715190
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano was an actor and playwright before being ordained in Thailand in 1987. He now lives in the United States.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Toward the Horizon     1
Sangha and Laity     15
Contemplations from the Highway     29
Alone Between Past and Future     43
The Ritual Element     55
Multiflora Rose     67
Two Bright States     81
Our Next Destination     93
February in the Hills     109
Desperation and Peace     123
Undeclared Questions     137
A Cold Day with Much Sun     149
Dust and Excuses     159
Investigations in the Evening     169
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