By Tim Ward
The twentieth Anniversary version of the bestselling vintage with a brand new foreword via Wade Davis.
"Tim's trips took him not just to Asia, yet into an internal international of spirit and religion. He has lived at the streets of India, pursued the Dharma in Himalayan monasteries, and joined the group of priests at Wat Pah Nanachat within the jungles of Thailand – a dedication unique with such humour, honesty and beauty in What the Buddha by no means Taught".
– Wade Davis, writer of The Wayfinders, from the hot foreword.
There is a spot within the jungles of northeastern Thailand the place Westerners can dwell in keeping with the monastic principles laid down over 2,500 years in the past by means of the Buddha. writer and journalist Tim Ward sought enlightenment and spent a season during this distinctive Buddhist monastery-one of the strictest in Southeast Asia. His affectionate "behind the robes" booklet concerning the rigors and foibles of monastic existence at Wat Pah Nanchat has develop into a latest Buddhist vintage.
How does a monk deal with coming nose to nose with a cobra coiled in the back of a bathroom door? Can Mr. Chicago - a former genuine property wealthy person - quite locate liberation in a 10" X 10" wood hut? How does a would-be-monk have the capacity to meditate with the incessant clouds of mosquitoes soaring overhead, while the precepts restrict killing all sentient beings? and the way do Tim and the others react whilst Thai villagers placed a Mars Bar of their begging bowls?
By turns funny, iconoclastic and encouraging, What the Buddha by no means Taught used to be a top vendor in Canada, a publication of the month choice within the US, and has been translated into 5 languages, and used as a school textual content for periods in Asian and non secular experiences.
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