Wildmind has just reviewed Sons of the Buddha, Kamala Tiyavanich’s wonderful account of the early lives of three of Thailand’s most prominent Buddhist teachers: Ajahn Buddhadasa, Ajahn Panya, and Ajahn Jumnien. Some excerpts:
“Tiyavanich crafts three parallel stories to provide readers with an engaging portrait of southern Thai Buddhism before the modernization and Westernization of Thailand. The introduction sets the stage by providing a significant view of each Ajahn’s (Bhikkhu’s) impact on the modern state of Thai Buddhism. We see how each became an active teacher, took a stand for greater morality, and how each reinvigorated the use of everyday experience in teaching the Buddha-Dhamma. [...] The stories are engaging, and while reading Sons of the Buddha the pages flew by. [...] It is an enjoyable read pointing to the value of reflecting on one’s upbringing — pointing to the Dhamma that is in each of our lives if we take the time to look and consider how we’ve come to be who we now are.”
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