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Buddha in the Jungle

Buddha in the Jungle
Kamala Tiyavanich
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In The Buddha in the Jungle, real-life stories about 19th and early 20th century Buddhist monks in Thailand are ingeniously intermingled with experiences recorded by their Western contemporaries. Stories tell of giant snakes, bandits, boatmen, midwives, and guardian spirits and collectively portray a Buddhist culture in all its imaginative and geographical concreteness. By juxtaposing these eyewitness accounts, Kamala Tiyavanich presents a new and vivid picture of Buddhism as it was lived and of the natural environments in which the Buddha's teachings were practiced.

Kamala Tiyavanich is a Thai Buddhist and the author of Forest Recollections: Wandering Monks in Twentieth-Century Thailand. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
List of Maps and Illustrations
Thai names and Romanization

1. The Palelai Buddha
2. A Stork in a Snare
3. A Muslim, His Goats, and a Bodhi Tree
4. Matsi, the Bodhisat's Wife
5. Midnight Visitors
6. When in Doubt, Do What Dogs Do
7. Dogs, Cats, and Birds
8. Paddle Your Own Canoe
9. A Dog Can Be a Bodhisat
10. Venerable Grandfather Edd
11. Two Legs Monastery
12. Idol or Guide?
13. Venerable Father Dark Eyes
14. Big Buddha, Tough Hunter
15. The Boatman and the Bandit Monk
16. Tending Water Buffaloes
17. Scarecrows and Baby-Sitters
18. Abbots and Bandits
19. Bandits and the Practice of Gratitude
20. An Elephant on a Rampage
21. How to Tame Elephants
22. A Bodhisat Elephant
23. Teaching Precepts to an Elephant
24. Lord Buddha and King Cobra
25. A Teak Wallah Meets Snakes
26. Snakes, Guns, and Guardian Spirits
27. Temple Boy and Spitting Cobra
28. Kill Insects, Clean Latrines
29. The Forest Cemetery at Wat Saket
30. Corpses and Carrion Eaters
31. The Oldest Midwife
32. Dhamma from Grandmothers
33. Tigers and Crocodiles
34. White-Robed Renunciants
35. Tap Tao Cave
36. Falling Mindfully
37. Meeting the Tiger in Silence
38. Sisterhood of the Yellow Robe
39. Jesus and the Future Buddha
40. The Compassionate Arahant
41. Ajan Inkhong, Master Painter
42. Medicine Monks
43. Backward or Enlightened?
44. The Green Buddha of the Grotto

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