In the Cool Shade of Compassion

The Enchanted World of the Buddha in the Jungle

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Kamala Tiyavanich
  • Boulder, CO: 
    Shambhala Publications
    , September
     384 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This work ingeniously intermingles real-life stories about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Buddhist monks in old Siam (today’s Thailand) with experiences recorded by their Western contemporaries. Stories of giant snakes, bandits, boatmen, midwives, and guardian spirits collectively portray a Buddhist culture in all its imaginative and geographical brilliance. 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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kamala Tiyavanich is a Thai Buddhist with a PhD in Southeast Asian history from Cornell University. She is the author of Forest Recollections: Wandering Monks in Twentieth-Century Thailand.


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