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Title:
Questions from the city, answers from the forest : simple lessons you can use from a Western Buddhist monk
Author:
Sumano, Ajahn, Bhikkhu.
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Edition:
First Quest edition.
Publication Information:
Wheaton, Ill. : Quest Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
183 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780835607742
Format :
Book

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Summary

"Sincere inquiry always sparks our movement towards truth. Deep questions signal the manifestation of the very energy through which we outgrow ourselves." - from the Introduction.
Born in Chicago, a law school graduate and real estate professional, Ajahn Sumano abandoned his comfortable American lifestyle for the begging bowl and simple cave home of an ordained Buddhist monk in the tradition of the Thai forest meditation masters. In 1994-95, he conducted a series of question and answer evenings at a guest house in Thailand's Kowyai National Park with English-speaking tourists eager to meet a Western Buddhist monk. The heartfelt questions of these "city" people and the clear and penetrating answers Sumano gave from his "forest" perspective form the basis of this remarkable book. Written on a battered, battery-powered laptop in his meditation cave, Sumano's enchanting personal story and his refreshingly down-to-earth blend of American sensibility and Eastern practice will fascinate newcomers to Buddhist ideas as well as experienced practitioners.


Author Notes

Born in Chicago, a law school graduate and real estate professional, Ajahn Sumano abandoned his comfortable American lifestyle for the shaved head, begging bowl, and rigorous meditation schedule of a forest monk.


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Library Journal Review

Sumano, born Jeffrey Phillips, addresses an immense range of questions derived from conversations held over many years on subjects including monasticism, sexuality, the self, and memory. Sumano's absolute clarity about his origins and his own limitations gives him a singular freedom as a spiritual adviser, and his replies embody patience, compassion, and good humor as well as good sense. His advice is well suited to the ears of a Western audience. For most collections strong in spirituality. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Questions From the City
Chapter 1 Turning to Spiritual Lifep. 15
Chapter 2 The World through a Seeker's Eyesp. 25
Chapter 3 Questioning Your Way to the Truthp. 35
Part 2 Answers From the Forest
Chapter 1 Setting the Context for Practicep. 43
Chapter 2 Beginning Practicep. 51
Chapter 3 The Buddhist Traditionp. 61
Chapter 4 A Foundation in Ethicsp. 69
Chapter 5 The Illusion of Selfp. 77
Chapter 6 Managing the Mindp. 83
Chapter 7 Being in the Presentp. 95
Chapter 8 The Art of Meditationp. 99
Chapter 9 Seeing the Whole Picturep. 109
Chapter 10 The Monastic Lifestylep. 115
Part 3 Bringing the Forest Home
Chapter 1 Living the Answersp. 127
Chapter 2 Skillful Relationshipsp. 141
Chapter 3 Sexuality and Celibacy
Chapter 4 Spiritual Educationp. 159
Chapter 5 Karma and Rebirthp. 165
Chapter 6 Looking Death Squarely in the Eyep. 173