The Journey of One Buddhist Nun: Even Against the Wind / Edition 1

The Journey of One Buddhist Nun: Even Against the Wind / Edition 1

by Sid Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791450961

ISBN-13: 9780791450963

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Recounts the struggles of a young Thai woman to become a Buddhist nun and the challenges and rewards of that life.

The gripping story of Wabi,a young Thai woman who sought a religious life, The Journey of One Buddhist Nun recounts her struggle to overcome the numerous obstacles along her path. Wabi left her rural village at 17 to become a Buddhist nun in a

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Recounts the struggles of a young Thai woman to become a Buddhist nun and the challenges and rewards of that life.

The gripping story of Wabi,a young Thai woman who sought a religious life, The Journey of One Buddhist Nun recounts her struggle to overcome the numerous obstacles along her path. Wabi left her rural village at 17 to become a Buddhist nun in a land where religious men are honored and religious women are scorned. Despite these conditions, Wabi wanted to study Buddhism, to meditate, and to develop a profoundly religious life. She traveled to a monastery in Bangkok, where she heard she might be able to pursue her dream, but upon arrival found she needed money to become a nun--money she didn't have. Moving from difficulty to difficulty, Wabi finally found a home at a convent of Buddhist nuns, where she gained close friends, an education, and a vibrant meditation practice.

As Wabi's life unfolds on the pages of The Journey of One Buddhist Nun, readers are introduced to the background needed to understand Buddhism, Thai culture, the particular impediments women face in Southeast Asia, and the rewards of a deeply spiritual life. Buddhist philosophy, texts, and meditation techniques come alive as we learn the roles each played in Wabi's life. Western readers will be particularly interested in the description of Wabi's vivid, formative meditation experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450963
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
581,579
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A Young Buddhist Goes Forth

2. Who Gets to Drink in the Dhamma and How

3. A Friend in Need

4. The Beginning of a Crisis in Faith: Harsh Speech

5. Hellfire and Karma

6. Like a Corpse-Filled Bowl: Meditation and Maechi

7. A Heart Defeated in Faith: Crisis and Loss

8. Perseverance and Striving: Resolution of the Crisis

9. Confidence in a New Way of Living Dhamma

10. Possibilities and Resolution: Maechi Wabi and the Institute of Thai Maechi

11. Meditation and Social Work: The Institute and Maechi Leaders

12. Departure

13. Conclusion

Appendix Approach, Transliteration, Pronunciation, and Translation

Endnotes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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