By Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu

ISBN-10: 0835630684

ISBN-13: 9780835630689

"Sincere inquiry constantly sparks our move in the direction of fact. Deep questions sign the manifestation of the very strength in which we outgrow ourselves." -- from the Introduction.

Born in Chicago, a legislations tuition graduate and actual property expert, Ajahn Sumano deserted his cozy American way of life for the begging bowl and easy cave domestic of an ordained Buddhist monk within the culture of the Thai woodland meditation masters. In 1994-95, he performed a sequence of query and resolution evenings at a visitor condominium in Thailand's Kowyai nationwide Park with English-speaking travelers wanting to meet a Western Buddhist monk. The heartfelt questions of those "city" humans and the transparent and penetrating solutions Sumano gave from his "forest" viewpoint shape the foundation of this extraordinary book.

Written on a battered, battery-powered machine in his meditation cave, Sumano's captivating own tale and his refreshingly down-to-earth mixture of yankee sensibility and jap perform will fascinate novices to Buddhist rules in addition to skilled practitioners.

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Il disait : « Même s’il faut de la graisse de chien pour guérir une blessure, qu’on aille chercher de la graisse de chien ! » Et on convoqua Kyungpo-Gyosé. Quand Gyosé arriva près de la demeure du dém on, il se dressa avec fierté et cria d’une voix forte : « C’est moi Kyungpo-Gyosé qui viens. Je mangerai la chair des dém ons et je boirai leur sang. Attendez! » Parlant ainsi, il avança rapidem ent. Comme il approchait, le démon fut épouvanté et il jetait ces cris de frayeur : « Père Mila! Père Mila !

Ce pro­ verbe s'appliquait bien à nous, mère et enfants. Autrefois, du tem ps que notre père Mila-Tropbée-deSagesse était là, tous, forts ou faibles, épiaient si nos visages étaient silencieux, souriants ou som bres. Après que l’oncle et la tante furent riches com m e des rois, c’est leur visage souriant ou som bre qu'on regardait. Les homm es disaient en critiquant ma mère : « 11 est bien vrai le proverbe: A riche mari, fem m e habile. A laine douce, bon drap. M aintenant que le mari n’est plus là, il en est selon le proverbe.

Toi seul m 'as donné ton corps, ta parole et ton cœur. Je vais rapidem ent examiner tes dires. » Il y avait alors chez le lama un moine plus rapide à la 6a LE POÈTE T I B É T A I N M I L A R É P A course que le cheval et plus fort que l'éléphant. Le lama l’envoya dans mon pays pour voir. Le moine alla et revint rapidement et dit (’) : « Lama précieux, BonneNouvelle a dit vrai. 11 faut lui apprendre beaucoup de magie. » Le lama me dit : « Si je t’avais aussitôt appris la magie, j’aurais craint que toi, imbécile, tu ne me l’eusses fait regretter.

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