By Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu
"Sincere inquiry continually sparks our move in the direction of fact. Deep questions sign the manifestation of the very power by which we outgrow ourselves." -- from the Introduction.
Born in Chicago, a legislations tuition graduate and genuine property specialist, Ajahn Sumano deserted his cozy American way of life for the begging bowl and easy cave domestic of an ordained Buddhist monk within the culture of the Thai woodland meditation masters. In 1994-95, he carried out a sequence of query and resolution evenings at a visitor condominium in Thailand's Kowyai nationwide Park with English-speaking travelers desirous to meet a Western Buddhist monk. The heartfelt questions of those "city" humans and the transparent and penetrating solutions Sumano gave from his "forest" point of view shape the foundation of this impressive book.
Written on a battered, battery-powered computing device in his meditation cave, Sumano's mesmerizing own tale and his refreshingly down-to-earth combination of yankee sensibility and jap perform will fascinate rookies to Buddhist rules in addition to skilled practitioners.
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