This book is a delightfully revealing insight into the extraordinary world of Buddhist monks who are following an exacting discipline of scrupulous moral behavior and renunciation. Who would imagine that walking in the way of enlightened masters on a path carved out by a 2,500 year old tradition could seem just as powerfully relevant in present day England as it was in ancient India.
The story of two monks who put their faith to the test and walk across the countryside with nothing but their robes and alms bowls, refusing to touch money. With some wise and often amusing encounters they offer us a glimpse into a completely different way of life. Surviving purely at the hands of strangers, welcomed, ignored and sometimes threatened they touch upon the lives of many, and move the hearts and minds of a few.
Living in the world but not of the world, is the monk the ultimate rebel? Is he a wise sage or is the downright hardship they practice really just madness?
A beautiful book of stories, illustrated with colored drawings, based on very real and true experiences, gathered over years of direct experience, woven together into episodes in a young monk’s life training with his teacher.