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The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.

Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America

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“Refreshing proof of the power of compassion and the wisdom of the Buddha for daily life and its vicissitudes.”—Publishers Weekly
"Venerable Walpola Piyananda skillfully expresses deep messages about Buddhist philosophy, ethics, and morality in an effective and profound way."—Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, author of Mindfulness in Plain English 
"Bhante Piyananda illuminates the multifaceted complexities of modern-day urban American life with a sparkling fusion of engaging personal tales and classical teachings from the Buddhist scriptures."—Ajahn Amaro, co-abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery
"Bhante Piyananda is a pioneering Theravadin Buddhist monk in the U.S. who teaches us that Buddhism has much to offer in confronting the dilemmas and challenges of modern life."—George D. Bond, Professor of Religion, Northwestern University 
Truth is regularly stranger than fiction for the abbot of a Buddhist temple in the far-from-tranquil inner city of Los Angeles, California. Whether he is talking a dangerously unbalanced man out of buying a gun, confronting a naked woman in his meditation hall, or helping gamblers reform, Bhante Walpola Piyananda demonstrates that every experience can be an opportunity for learning and appreciating the Buddha's teachings.
Bhante Piyananda also reflects on social and political issues such as the racial tension in his neighborhood after the Rodney King trial and the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afganistan.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 21, 2008 – Piyananda, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who came to America decades ago, tells simple stories about people with problems he has counseled in the course of his tenure at a Theravada Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. The problems are common: anorexia, gambling, anger, illness. The simplicity of his storytelling belies the depth of his knowledge of Buddhist sutras, which he invariably applies in resolving whatever problem is presented to him. But he is a student of human nature as well as scripture. His school of Buddhist practice spends relatively less time on meditation, leaving time to encounter problems with compassion and to work on cultivating virtuous conduct. The author’s tone is both cheerful and compassionate; he is the kind of clergy one would hope to find at every church, temple or mosque. Some Buddhist students will wonder where the focus on enlightenment went; others will find refreshing proof of the power of compassion and of the wisdom of the Buddha for daily life and its vicissitudes.
The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.
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  • Category: Buddhism
  • Published: Apr 15, 2014
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • Seller: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
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