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eBook What Buddha Never Taught epub
  • ISBN: 0921051379
  • Author: Timothy Ward
  • Genre: Travel
  • Subcategory: Asia
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Element Books (1990)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • ePUB size: 1432 kb
  • FB2 size 1232 kb
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The book mostly focu 'What the Buddha Never Taught' is an entertaining diary of a young Canadian who, in his . This felt rather timeless, not like it was more than 20 years old. I liked hearing Ward's perspectives on the monestary and his journey through his time there.

The book mostly focu 'What the Buddha Never Taught' is an entertaining diary of a young Canadian who, in his mid-twenties, spends a month in the Theravada Buddhist monastery Pah Nanachat in Thailand. The forest monastery (wat) is built under the system of one of the greatest and most revered Thai monks, Ajan Chah, who has also contributed to the spread of Theravada Buddhism in the West. Jan 22, 2017 Florian Blümm rated it really liked it.

Tim Ward is the author of six books, including the best-selling What the Buddha Never Taught and Savage .

His travel stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. One day while in the library, I came across this slim volume and took it home.

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Timothy Ward spent time in a monastery in Thailand that was created especially for Westerners.

The book spent six weeks on the Globe and Mail’s best-seller list. Several reprints followed. Timothy Ward spent time in a monastery in Thailand that was created especially for Westerners. Unfortunately, I think that Ward comes across as rather immature and over-bearing.

In Pahnanachat, the monks keep the 227 rules laid down by the Buddha, including refraining from all killing.

Comments: (7)
I've practiced and taught meditation for years, read everything on Eastern thought that I found from Alan Watts and Baba Ram in 1972 to Jon Kabat-Zinn and E. Tolle in this 'new age'. One day while in the library, I came across this slim volume and took it home.I found this thoughtful, humorous account to be one of the best books ever on the personal journey of spirit. I loved it so much, after returning it to the library, I down loaded a copy to my Kindle from Amazon. A great read and a very thought provoking volume that should be on everyone's list who is sincerely looking for a well rounded view. I've ordered his other books as well and look forward to continuing sharing this journey with Tim. Thanks for this book!
I've shared this book with at least a dozen people since someone first shared it with me nearly 15 years ago. An excellent, insightful, and entertaining read well worth the time spent with it. Perhaps problematic for folks actively struggling against dogmatic tendencies or elements of pride and/or identity. As with all teaching--take from it that which proves truthful and useful, and leave the rest.
Everyone who writes a book about Buddhism wants to be a guru, or at least that’s the writing posture they present. Tim Ward is an exception, and that’s the most interesting, refreshing aspect of “What the Buddha Never Taught”. He recounts his experiences as a novice practitioner of the Thai forest monastery tradition with insight and honesty. His candor is refreshing, especially given the mind numbing prose that characterizes so many books about Buddhism. His description of his “meeting” with Thai forest master Ajahn Chah is absolutely chilling. If you like candid books about Buddhist practice, you have to read this one.
A semi interesting account of a month spend in a monastery.

The author seemed to lack an understanding of Theravada Buddhism. His struggle to use the discipline of the monastery to his advantage was interesting.
This book has been around for a long time, but its message is still pertinent, especially for newcomers to Buddhist thought and practice. Tim Ward describes his visit to a Thai jungle monastery in an engaging manner. Ward focuses on the excesses of hierarchy, regulations, and austerity -- none of which are central to the Buddha's basic teachings. Ward relates his first-hand experiences with serenity and doubt, with temptation and laughter, and with suffering and insight. In many ways, it is an ideal book for readers who are just beginning their explorations of Buddhism, seasoned travelers will revel in it as well.
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Love Me
This is a sweet book of self discovery on a path that many Westerners have taken over the past forty years using Asian ideas and practices to come to terms with an inner world they find uncomfortable. Tim Ward ended up in the Western monastery in Thailand of the Buddhist monk Ajaan Cha who was teacher to Jack Kornfield and Ajaan Sumedho. Ajaan Cha is the lineage head of the many monasteries Sumedho has help found in England, America, Australia, and elsewhere around the world. By the time Tim arrived in 1985 Ajaan Cha had been disabled by water on the brain for more than five years. Tim's tale of the monastery is revealing of the outer flaws of monastic life and his own struggle to come to terms with them. Monks influenced by Ajaan Cha and his students often promote monastic life as the answer to life's problems. The world Tim reveals is all too human. There are personalities, there is blind submission to Thai culture which treats monks almost as magical persons. Laypersons earn merit for themselves in this life and future lives by feeding and serving the monks, and the monks rationalize what they know to be a way too simple understanding of Buddhism because it maintains their lifestyle. Tim befriends another novice with whom he can talk about all these contradictions. The friend leaves and, although apparently not there much longer, Tim becomes really angry about what he feels are compromises. The anger is palpable and the reader senses how out of proportion it is to the inconsistencies in monastic life. The book is redeemed and Tim begins to understand what he has been missing when the very monks he dumps his anger on respond to him with authentic compassion. Their monastic life has imbued in them both a love and equanimity so they are not at all hooked by what they recognize as clearly Tim's discontents whatever the actual problems of Thai monasteries may be.

This is an engaging book. There are wonderful descriptions of the discomforts engendered by mosquitoes, ants, scorpions, and snakes of a countryside which had once been wild and was giving way to civilization. The dialogue between Tim and his friend, his taunting of others in the monastery, his easy explanation of Buddhist ideas make for interesting reading. The book flows nicely and, as reader, I looked forward to what challenge would come next for Tim. These days Buddhism is presented as a cure all touted on the covers of popular magazines. The Dalai Lama has become a hero. While Buddhism can offer some people relief from their problems, it has a long diverse history as a religion with all kinds of awkwardnesses not revealed by its promoters. It is refreshing to get a look into one man's experience in a monastery. It has many familiar ordinary human failures along with redeeming qualities. And of course, other people in other monastic settings have had quite different experiences. I think this is an important book to read for both Buddhist practitioners and people for whom Buddhism has been placed on a pedestal.

Charlie Fisher author of Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World
Silly Dog
Everyone can be a fundamentalist. This "problem" is not limited to Christians, however much we Buddhists would like to think so. Tim Ward shows how Theravada Buddhism, with its stress on the "perfect Dhamma" and hundreds of rules, can be corrupted in practice. Example: monks seem to take advantage of ignorant laypeople. Not surprising; monks are people, too. Example: cliques form in the monastery, and monks can be catty and nasty to each other. Not surprising, of course, but you never hear about it. Example: monks aren't allowed to kill anything. So, they take a layperson with them into the jungle, and say, "Get rid of this", pointing at weeds or whatever needs to be cleared. This is not consistent with the spirit of the rules, but it follows the letter of the rules. Thus the problems of literalism raise their head. Tim Ward is a gentle, well meaning traveller who does all Buddhists a favor by showing that Buddhism can fall victim to the problems of all religions.
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