Away from LA: Tales of a Buddhist Monk from Around the World
By Bhante Walpola Piyananda; edited by Stephen Long
Away from LA: Tales of a Buddhist Monk from Around the World is the third volume of memoires and Dhamma lessons offered by Bhante Walpola Piyananda, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka who emigrated to the United States on July 4th, 1976 – just in time to celebrate the bicentennial. The first volume, Saffron Days in LA: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America was published in 2001, and has become a modern Buddhist classic, translated into several languages for followers around the globe. The second volume, The Bodhi Tree Grows in LA: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America, came out in 2008 as a response to readers who requested more heartfelt stories and lessons from this renowned Buddhist teacher. Bhante Piyananda has spent the last 40 years traveling the world teaching, counseling others, and bringing peace and joy wherever he goes. This third volume of memoires was gleaned from stories and anecdotes that took place in some of the foreign countries he has visited and left his blessing.
In the book’s foreward Bhikkhu Bodhi says, “This book gives a colorful portrait of a skilled Theravada Buddhist monk who has deeply drunk of the waters of the Dhamma and dedicated his life to heeding the Buddha’s call to ‘wander forth for the welfare and happiness of many.’ Its varied chapters show him hard at work teaching, guiding, and advising ordinary people faced with the challenges and conflicts that beset human beings throughout the world. His wisdom, compassion, and human understanding shine brightly and joyfully through every story in this wonderful collection.”
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