the bodhi tree grows in l a tales of a buddhist monk in america

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The Bodhi Tree Grows In L A

Author : Bhante Walpola Piyananda
ISBN : 9781590305683
Genre : Religion
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Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple that happens to be situated right in the far-from-tranquil inner city. Here are the adventures of Bhante Walpola Piyananda, abbot of a Theravada Buddhist meditation center in Los Angeles, California. Whether he's talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his Dharma hall, helping reform gossipers and gamblers, or simply teaching meditation, Bhante is ever unflappable, and his teaching is always heartfelt, warm, and wise. To Bhante, every experience is an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Dharma, or the Buddha's teachings, and he is never at a loss for the perfect parable for the occasion. His stories are peppered with traditional Buddhist lessons, blessings, and morality tales, which he explains with clarity and zeal. But he also reflects on social and political issues and events such as the racial tension in his neighborhood after the Rodney King trial or the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

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The British National Bibliography

Author : Arthur James Wells
ISBN : STANFORD:36105211722678
Genre : English literature
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Saffron Days In L A

Author : Bhante Walpola Piyananda
ISBN : 9780834828810
Genre : Religion
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In this delightful memoir, Bhante Walpola Piyananda, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, shares his often amusing, often poignant experiences of life in America. Whether he's reasoning with a group of confrontational punks on Venice Beach, bridging the gap between a rebellious teenager and her traditional parents, explaining to an errant Buddhist that the concept of "non-attachment" does not justify irresponsibility, or dealing with a nude sunbather at a meditation retreat, no situation—no matter how sticky—manages to affect Bhante's unflappable calm or his phenomenal ability to find the right parable for the moment. Bhante Walpola Piyananda, who is abbot of a Buddhist meditation center in L.A., has met and counseled a wide range of people—the disenfranchised of society, couples dealing with relationship issues, American Buddhists trying to reconcile their practice with their very Western lifestyles, recent immigrants struggling to assimilate but also maintain their traditional values. His stories reveal the complicated, joyous, painful, baffling, and inspiring aspects of the human condition and the power of true compassion.

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ISBN : 1414419120
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Saffron Days In L A

Author : Bhante Walpola Piyananda
ISBN : IND:30000078352170
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Provides the story and experiences of Piyananda, a Theravadan Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka who came to Los Angeles over twenty five years ago to establish a Buddhist center.

The New Buddhism

Author : James William Coleman
ISBN : 0195152417
Genre : Philosophy
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In our multicultural society, faiths formerly seen as exotic have become attractive alternatives for people seeking more satisfying spiritual lives. This is especially true of Buddhism, which is the focus of constant media attention--thanks at least in part to celebrity converts and the popularity of the Dalai Lama. Following this recent trend in the West, author James Coleman argues that a new and radically different form of this ancient faith is emerging. Exploring the appeal of this exotic faith in postmodern society and questioning its future in a global consumer culture, The New Buddhism provides a thorough and fascinating guide to Western Buddhism today.

Cloud And Water

Author : Xingyun
ISBN : 1932293078
Genre : Religion
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"Clouds float by, water flows on; in movement there is no grasping, in Chan there is no settling." The thirty-six poems selected by Venerable Master Hsing Yun in Cloud and Water capture this essential Chan (Zen) spirit of living in the moment, and being open to immediate experience. Passed down over centuries by celebrated Chan masters, these poems are at once profound in their literary simplicity and direct in their worldly relevance. Not only do they address some of the essential features of Chan Buddhist practice, but they also offer practical wisdom for dealing with the day to day challenges of life. In addition to their own spiritual and philosophical appeal, the poems are accompanied by Venerable Master Hsing Yun's lucid and insightful commentaries, which draw from the author's lifetime experience and knowledge as a Chan practitioner and spiritual leader of a world-wide Buddhist community. The commentaries often rely on lively anecdotes, references to Buddhist scriptures and other verses to convey the full meaning of the poems. Together, the selection and the author's commentaries offer both the Chan practitioner and the general reader many illuminating and effective ways to apply Buddhism's universal wisdom to our daily lives.

The Buddhist Dead

Author : Bryan J. Cuevas
ISBN : 9780824830311
Genre : Religion
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In its teachings, practices and institutions, Buddhism in its varied Asian forms is centrally concerned with death and the dead. This title offers a comparative investigation of this topic across the major Buddhist cultures of India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Tibet and Burma.

What The Buddha Taught

Author : Walpola Rahula
ISBN : 9781780740003
Genre : Religion
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This clear and informative guide draws on the words spoken by the Buddha to convey the true nature of Buddhist wisdom. It also features an illustrative section of texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada, a glossary of Buddhist terms and an up-to-date bibliography.

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