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  • Published: 4 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781611806496
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $32.99

In The Cool Shade Of Compassion



A fascinating collection of stories of the Thai forest monks that illuminates the Thai Forest tradition as a vibrant, compassionate, and highly appealing way of life.

Real-life stories about nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Buddhist monks in Thailand are ingeniously intermingled with experiences recorded by their Western contemporaries. By juxtaposing these eyewitness accounts, Kamala Tiyavanich presents a new and vivid picture of Buddhism as it was lived and of the natural environments in which the Buddha's teachings were practiced. Stories tell of giant snakes, bandits, boatmen, midwives, and guardian spirits, and this book collectively portrays a Buddhist culture in all its imaginative and geographical concreteness.

  • Published: 4 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781611806496
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $32.99

Praise for In The Cool Shade Of Compassion

“Part history book, part travelogue, part spiritual teaching, this wonderful book is like a window into another world. In the Cool Shade of Compassion shares an important and fascinating view into both human experience and human nature. This book arose at the intersection of careful scholarship and good storytelling and helps us shape our own view of the world.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

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