Questions from the City, Answers from the Forest: Simple Lessons You Can Use from a Western Buddhist Monk

Questions From The City, Answer from the Forest Book
“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.

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Our real enemy here is not the “other” tribe or ethnic group, but the material extravagance that generates selfishness.

From out of dis-ease of selfishness comes the fear and wanting that distinguishes the neurosis of our lives.

People of Faith can diminish this world-wide problem through their vigorous and resolute and unwavering determination to reach the zenith of their spiritual vehicle. Their lives will be simple and serene.  Then, all will be as well as it can be.

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Buddha or King Sithata before he ordains and enlighten

Listen to Ajhan Sumano talking about Buddha or King Sithata before he ordains and enlighten.

Part One

Part Two

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The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation

The Brighten Mind Book by Ajahn SumanoSumano Bikkhu’s The Brightened Mind is a most precious little jewel, introducing the spiritual armchair traveler to the wonders of the Universal Mind as taught in the Buddhist meditative tradition. It is at once simple yet profound, pleasurable yet transformative, and practical yet mystical. It forces us to ask the most important of questions, and also points in the direction of the answers. I can only recommend it to anyone interested in inner freedom and enlightenment. It is a wonderful little book.

Glenn H. Mullin

author of a dozen books on Tibetan Buddhism including Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition and seven titles on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas

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