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.

Thus We Heard

Author : Bhante Walpola Piyananda
ISBN : 0615433391
Genre : Buddhism
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Book Review Index 2009

Author : Dana Ferguson
ISBN : 1414419120
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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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.

Zen Confidential

Author : Shozan Jack Haubner
ISBN : 9780834829053
Genre : Religion
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These hilarious essays on life inside and outside a Zen monastery make up the spiritual memoir of Shozan Jack Haubner, a Zen monk who didn’t really start out to be one. Raised in a conservative Catholic family, Shozan went on to study philosophy (becoming de-Catholicized in the process) and to pursue a career as a screenwriter and stand-up comic in the clubs of L.A. How he went from life in the fast lane to life on the stationary meditation cushion is the subject of this laugh-out-loud funny account of his experiences. Whether he’s dealing with the pranks of a juvenile delinquent assistant in the monastery kitchen or defending himself against claims that he appeared in a porno movie under the name "Daniel Reed" (he didn’t, really) or being surprised in the midst of it all by the compassion he experiences in the presence of his teacher, Haubner’s voice is one you'll be compelled to listen to. Not only because it’s highly entertaining, but because of its remarkable insight into the human condition.

Single White Monk

Author : Shozan Jack Haubner
ISBN : 1611803632
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this sequel to the laugh-out-loud funny Zen Confidential, the author finds even more humor and wisdom in his experiences as a Buddhist monk in confrontation with an often puzzling world. Fans of the hilarious essays that made up the author's first book, Zen Confidential, will find even more hilarity here--along with Zen insight applied to the things that happen in this thing called daily life. Whereas Shozan Jack Haubner's first book presented the Zen teaching in terms of outhouse-building, oyroki-bowl-stacking, and anatomy adjustment as one takes one seat on the zafu, this one goes deeper into experiences of love, death, and sex. And though the writing is still funny, it bears the mark of a guy who's been through the mill and who's come back to save all beings. The wide-ranging experiences of this funny and insightful monk--both inside and outside the monastery--include his memories of the dysfunctional Midwestern family life that led him ultimately to Zen practice (with a father resembling Mel Gibson on a bad day) and his confrontation with the everyday insanity that seems to arise whenever anyone declares, "I think I should be a monk!" Among the less-funny stuff is his harrowing brush with death from pancreatitis and his moving experience of the death of a dear friend. There's also a graphic account of the night he got stoned and went "over the wall" from the monastery to have some real fun. That he pulls it all off and it's still hilarious, moving, and profoundly expressive of Zen wisdom is a tribute to Haubner's gifts as a writer and humorist, but also to the sincerity of his practice. The insight makes the humor even funnier somehow, and the humor makes the insight hit home with much power.

In Search Of The Christian Buddha How An Asian Sage Became A Medieval Saint

Author : Donald S. Lopez
ISBN : 9780393244212
Genre : Religion
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The fascinating account of how the story of the Buddha was transformed into the legend of a Christian saint. The story of Saint Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and kingdom to follow Jesus, was one of the most popular Christian tales of the Middle Ages, translated into a dozen languages, and cited by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice. Yet Josaphat is only remembered today because of the similarities of his life to that of the Buddha. In Search of the Christian Buddha is set against the backdrop of the trade along the Silk Road, the Christian settlement of Palestine, the spread of Islam, and the Crusades. It traces the path of the Buddha’s tale from India and shows how it evolved, adopting details from each culture during its sojourn. These early instances of globalization allowed not only goods but also knowledge to flow between different cultures and around much of the world. Eminent scholars Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken reveal how religions born thousands of miles apart shared ideas throughout the centuries. They uncover surprising convergences and divergences between these faiths on subjects including the meaning of death, the problem of desire, and their view of women. Demonstrating the incredible power of this tale, they ask not how stories circulate among religions but how religions circulate among stories.

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.

Anger

Author : Thich Nhat Hanh
ISBN : 9781446490877
Genre : Religion
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'Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity' Martin Luther King, Jr, in Nobel Peace Prize nomination It was under the bodhi tree in India 2500 years ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: ignorance, obsessive desire and anger. All are equally difficult to control but, in one instant of anger, lives can be ruined, and our spiritual development can be destroyed. Twenty-five centuries after the Buddha's insight, medical science tells us that the Buddha was right: anger can also ruin our health. It is one of the most powerful emotions and one of the most difficult to change. Thich Nhat Hanh offers a fresh perspective on taking care of our anger as we would take care of a baby crying - picking it up, talking quietly to it, probing for what is making the baby cry. Laced with stories and techniques, Anger offers a wise and loving look at transforming this difficult emotion into peace and for bringing harmony and healing to all the areas and relationships in our lives that have been affected by anger.

The Four Agreements

Author : Don Miguel Ruiz
ISBN : 9781934408018
Genre : Self-Help
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Bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. • A New York Times bestseller for over 7 years • Over 5.2 million copies sold in the U.S. • Translated into 38 languages worldwide Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success “An inspiring book with many great lessons . . .” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic “In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world.” — Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior

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