What the Buddha Never Taught: A 'Behind the Robes" Account of Life in a Thai Forest Monastery

By Tim Ward

There remains to be a spot within the jungles of Thailand, the place you could depart all of it behind... A cult vintage and bestseller within the Nineteen Nineties, What the Buddha by no means Taught is a funny “behind the gowns” account of existence inside of one of many strictest jungle monasteries in Southeast Asia. In Pahnanachat, the clergymen maintain the 227 ideas laid down through the Buddha, together with refraining from all killing. yet how does a overseas monk deal with cobra within the outhouse, or the temptation of a Mars Bar in his begging bowl? discover, during this newly reincarnated twentieth anniversary variation, with a brand new creation by way of the writer and a brand new foreword via Wade Davis.

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Solar Tin, the Thai monk with the lion tattoo and crooked smile, observed us. He stopped to monitor us paintings. He spoke no English yet understood Jim’s Thai rather good. He confirmed us tips to drain the tank and led me to the instrument apartment the place i discovered long-handled scrubbing brushes, a twine hand brush and a thick rope. Jim was once sweeping ants off the head of the tank whilst I again. He had got rid of the clear out reveal from the hatch. “Ants everywhere in the inside,” he informed me. “The top partitions are black with them. ” We tied the rope to a close-by tree. Jim decreased himself down throughout the hatchway into the knee-deep water that remained within the backside. I him into the murk. sunlight Tin climbed the surface of the tank after us. He peered down during the little sq. of sunshine, giggling. within, the partitions have been slippery with gray slime. the ground was once slick underneath our naked toes. however the resonance within the tank used to be ideal for chanting. “YO SO . . . ” Jim intoned in a booming voice which reverberated throughout the cylinder. “BHAGAVAN ARAHANT SAMASAMBUDDHASA . . . ” we chanted in unison. Above us, solar Tin pulled up the rope, threatening to close the lid and seal us in darkness. He grinned like a maniac. We shouted at him. “That will be relatively a religious self-discipline, 3 years in a water tank,” acknowledged Jim. “It might make an arahant out of you, Boomer. ” “Not if I have been locked in with you, Bob. ” “Boomer, have you met an arahant? Or a bodhisattva? A saint even? i used to be considering our dialog concerning the clergymen. You’re too cynical approximately faith. There are solid examples. ” “You suggest like Ajahn Chah? ” “I don’t unavoidably suggest a monk. are you aware anyone in my opinion? i do know one guy, he’s no longer an arahant, yet i feel he could be a bodhisattva, even if he’s no longer a Buddhist. He runs a meat exporting enterprise from Canada to Thailand and the Philippines. He spends approximately part the yr in Asia. First he makes yes his shoppers are pleased with their orders, then he is going into rural parts. He is helping village groups manage fishing co-ops, dig wells and arrange neighborhood industries. He has a expertise for bringing humans jointly, getting them conversing and dealing out ideas to their difficulties. He offers the capital had to placed the strategies into motion and fades from the image. He used to be a Baptist minister whilst I first knew him. yet i believe he’s chanced on a extra direct method of serving God throughout the meat exporting company. ” “If that’s what you suggest, i assume i've got a bodhisattva in my existence finally. If I’m cynical approximately religions, this man retains me from getting totally adversarial. He’s mostly answerable for me being the place i'm. He’s my spiritual experiences professor at Swarthmore. the fellow has certainly stumbled on anything greater than most folk are trying to find. He’s married with young children within the suburbs, has a regular overloaded college agenda, will get annoyed in site visitors jams. but even if he’s indignant, i will be able to feel this deep lake of calm within him. He’s kind of a guru on campus, yet conscious of the hazards that results in. My mom and dad met him as soon as.

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