The Buddha in the Jungle
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The Buddha in the Jungle

by Kamala Tiyavanich
     
 

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In The Buddha in the Jungle, real-life stories about 19th and early 20th century Buddhist monks in Thailand are ingeniously intermingled with experiences recorded by their Western contemporaries. Stories tell of giant snakes, bandits, boatmen, midwives, and guardian spirits and collectively portray a Buddhist culture in all its imaginative and geographical

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In The Buddha in the Jungle, real-life stories about 19th and early 20th century Buddhist monks in Thailand are ingeniously intermingled with experiences recorded by their Western contemporaries. Stories tell of giant snakes, bandits, boatmen, midwives, and guardian spirits and collectively portray a Buddhist culture in all its imaginative and geographical concreteness. By juxtaposing these eyewitness accounts, Kamala Tiyavanich presents a new and vivid picture of Buddhism as it was lived and of the natural environments in which the Buddha’s teachings were practiced.

University of Washington Press

Editorial Reviews

Wes Nisker
Reading The Buddha in the Jungle is a wondrous journey to an exotic land, full of magic chants, wise grandmothers, ghosts, elephants, snakes, and compassionate Buddhist monks. This is a book of history, anthropology, and Buddhist teachings, and it is delightfully easy and fun to read.

Bangkok Post
A delightful read..This is an important and lovely book which is easy and fun to read but carries some important messages. More than any conventional work of history or anthropology, this book conveys a very tangible sense of what the landscape was like, how life was lived, and how the monkhood fit together with nature and with society.

Russell Webb
An absorbing and totally different yet highly readable survey of a little—known period of relitious and social history.

The Vancouver Sun
This wonderful book, produced with care and beautiful simplicity, deals with the variety of Theravada Buddhism practiced in Thailand. But its appeal is broader. It serves as a useful counterweight to what might be called the Kitsilano school of Buddhism.

dharmalife
A heart-warming narrative.. The Buddha in the Jungle captures the most authentic expression of the Thai Theravada Buddhism in which wisdom, inner repose and freedom of being takes central place for the monks.

Multicultural Review
These stories of monks in Thailand during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries give a remarkable picture if the lives of monks and the practice of Buddhism in earlier times..[A] fascinating book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295983721
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

John Badgley
This is a wonderful work of scholarship and storytelling. By introducing nearly every tale with comments by one or more western writers, Kamala helps English—reading students of Thailand and Buddhism understand the translated material.

Laurence Khantipalo
Throws an intersting light upon Dharma as it was practiced in Siam, certainly a light that differs in many respects from the state—imposed Buddhism of Bangkok.

Venerable Tiradhammo
A very interesting and engaging account of living Buddhism in the last centuries and a valuable contribution to the increasing knowledge of the many and varied forms of Buddhist practice.

Jack Kornfield
This is one of the most remarkable, honest, and rich accounts of how Theravada Buddhism actually flourished in Thailand. It gives us a new picture of the true breadth and fullness of the tradition in every part of life.

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