The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America [NOOK Book]

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Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple in the far-from-tranquil inner city of Los Angeles, California. Whether he is talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his meditation hall, or helping gamblers reform, Bhante Walpola Piyananda demonstrates that every experience can be an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Buddha's teachings.

Bhante Piyananda also reflects on social and political ...

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The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America

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Overview

Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple in the far-from-tranquil inner city of Los Angeles, California. Whether he is talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his meditation hall, or helping gamblers reform, Bhante Walpola Piyananda demonstrates that every experience can be an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Buddha's teachings.

Bhante Piyananda also reflects on social and political issues such as the racial tension in his neighborhood after the Rodney King trial and the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afganistan.

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Piyananda, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who came to America decades ago, tells simple stories about people with problems he has counseled in the course of his tenure at a Theravada Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. The problems are common: anorexia, gambling, anger, illness. The simplicity of his storytelling belies the depth of his knowledge of Buddhist sutras, which he invariably applies in resolving whatever problem is presented to him. But he is a student of human nature as well as scripture. His school of Buddhist practice spends relatively less time on meditation, leaving time to encounter problems with compassion and to work on cultivating virtuous conduct. The author's tone is both cheerful and compassionate; he is the kind of clergy one would hope to find at every church, temple or mosque. Some Buddhist students will wonder where the focus on enlightenment went; others will find refreshing proof of the power of compassion and of the wisdom of the Buddha for daily life and its vicissitudes. (June 10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834823440
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 995 KB

Meet the Author

Bhante Walpola Piyananda was born in Sri Lanka and has been living in the United States for over thirty years. He is the founder-president and abbot of Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles, California.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Dealing with Anger     1
Imagination and Reality     11
Bamiyan Buddha Statues     20
Food for Thought     27
Four Factors for Life     34
Are Buddhists Idol Worshippers?     43
A Catastrophe     55
Power of Meditation     62
Getting to Know You, America     71
The Meditator     80
Spiritual Friends     87
Virtue     94
Mistaken Identity     101
Overcoming Gambling     110
Dealing with Death     116
Music and Chanting in Buddhism     123
The Bhikkhuni Order     133
Marriage Ceremonies     144
Solutions to Conflicts     152
Rebirth     157
Notes     165
Glossary     173
About the Author     179
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