Brian Eno sings of "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)," one may take that not as a struggle for territory but as a quest for enlightenment. Americans once rushed into idyllic Asian jungles for war, but some found peace. Many of us return to those Forest Tradition settings to develop Buddhist meditation and live a rugged, rural life of "sane asceticism." This is quite possible even today in north and south Thailand.
|An American monk abroad in Asia|
|Ajahn Sumano (next-life.com)|
Amazon.com and most chain bookstores stock his publications. In Thailand a half dozen booklets of his are freely available for the asking. They are translations of talks given by highly respected monks which have been published through the generosity of his supporters.
- Messages from cave dwelling American monk “Since I arrived in the forests of Northeast Thailand in the 1980s, dozens of Western monks have come and gone [to meditate and practice]. A few are still here waiting for ‘the fat lady to sing.’ But most returned to the West with their Dharma treasure. Usually when they left, they left with the ‘heart’ of the forest...”