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5.0 out of 5 stars What the Buddha Never Taught, by Tim Ward, 4 Aug 2008
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This is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while! I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading all of this author's books. It is not a religious text about Buddhism, though it is about the author's time spent in a Thai Buddhist monastery that catered to foreigners interested in just visiting, spending a bit of time or becoming full-fledged Buddhist monks. It has some of the travel/adventure that I enjoy with some good writing about the jungle way of life, Thai villagers, Thai culture, and the Buddhist traditions, and how so many of them have become so warped and so how many monks and lay people have just turned it all into a souvenir market in some ways. Ward has some very astute observations about it all - Buddhism, the Buddha, the monastery experience, Karma (Kamma) and those who he experienced it with. Some of the best parts of the book revolve around his happy relationship with Jim, who arrived the same time as the author and how they bonded and critiqued the experience they were both going through. There is a lot of humor, wisdom and wit in this very well written book. I would highly recommend it. I hated for it to end.
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What the Buddha Never Taught by Timothy Ward (Paperback - 26 April 1990)
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