The Buddha in the Jungle
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The Buddha in the Jungle

by Tiyavanich Kamala
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0295983728

ISBN-13: 9780295983721

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: University of Washington Press

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295983721
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Pages:
404
Sales rank:
954,542
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Maps and IllustrationsForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroductionThai names and Romanization

1. The Palelai Buddha2. A Stork in a Snare3. A Muslim, His Goats, and a Bodhi Tree4. Matsi, the Bodhisat's Wife5. Midnight Visitors6. When in Doubt, Do What Dogs Do7. Dogs, Cats, and Birds8. Paddle Your Own Canoe9. A Dog Can Be a Bodhisat10. Venerable Grandfather Edd11. Two Legs Monastery12. Idol or Guide?13. Venerable Father Dark Eyes14. Big Buddha, Tough Hunter15. The Boatman and the Bandit Monk16. Tending Water Buffaloes17. Scarecrows and Baby-Sitters18. Abbots and Bandits19. Bandits and the Practice of Gratitude20. An Elephant on a Rampage21. How to Tame Elephants22. A Bodhisat Elephant23. Teaching Precepts to an Elephant24. Lord Buddha and King Cobra25. A Teak Wallah Meets Snakes26. Snakes, Guns, and Guardian Spirits27. Temple Boy and Spitting Cobra28. Kill Insects, Clean Latrines29. The Forest Cemetery at Wat Saket30. Corpses and Carrion Eaters31. The Oldest Midwife32. Dhamma from Grandmothers33. Tigers and Crocodiles34. White-Robed Renunciants35. Tap Tao Cave36. Falling Mindfully37. Meeting the Tiger in Silence38. Sisterhood of the Yellow Robe39. Jesus and the Future Buddha40. The Compassionate Arahant41. Ajan Inkhong, Master Painter42. Medicine Monks43. Backward or Enlightened?44. The Green Buddha of the Grotto

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