|Nuns, translator, Ajahn Jumnien, monks at Ayodhya Thai (Wisdom Quarterly, 6-10-13)|
|Mind/heart leads to samsara (WQ)|
Filled with lively anecdotes and illustrations, she recounts the early life stories of three Thai masters, each with large followings in North America.
Ajahn Jumnien (born 1936) is a great Buddhist elder (thera) of the ancient Thera-vada ("Teaching of the Elders") tradition, former abbot of Tiger Cave Monastery, Krabi, tropical South Thailand.
As a southern teacher in the forest tradition -- made famous by Ajahn Chah and his Western disciples in the northeastern jungles (Isaan) -- the ajahn or Luang Pho ("venerable father figure") as he is widely known -- is a massively influential in Southeast Asia. Moreover, because of his supernormal powers, he is famous among elites worldwide.
|“Uplifting and, at times, magical” - BD (WP)|
He is a preacher with common sense and a heart as wide as the sky. He is known as "Ajahn Happy" to his Western students, turning everyday life experiences into Dharma lessons.
Like other great teachers in the tradition, he is able to discern the needs of his audience. Tiyavanich shows how as a boy he evolved into a remarkable embodiment of the "preacher" ideal.
His accomplishments in wisdom and compassion draw people of all traditions. He is particularly friendly with the Muslims in the south of Thailand and formerly-Buddhist Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.
He is a bridge builder reuniting laypeople and monastics and championing an open-mindedness toward other religions. In these delightful stories full of local color and customs readers see what it was that led Ajahn Jumnien to become the fearless and influential living Buddhist master he is today.