The Buddha in the Jungle by Kamala Tiyavanich
Buddhism in the 19th. and Early 20th. Centuries in Thailand
"Reading this book, The Buddha in the Jungle, is to take a wondrous journey to an exotic land, full of magic chants, wise grandmothers, ghosts, elephants, snakes, and compassionate Buddhist monks. After extensive research, Kamala presents us with a collection of marvelously readable and evocative stories that recreate the flavor of a way of life that has now disappeared. This is a book of history, anthropology, and Buddhist teachings, and is delightfully easy and fun to read."
Wes Nisker, co-editor of the Buddhist journal, Inquiring Mind, and author of The Essential Crazy Wisdom and The Big Bang, the Buddha and the Baby Boom
"This is one of the most remarkable, honest, and rich accounts of how Theravada Buddhism actually flourished in Thailand. It gives us a new picture of the true breadth and fullness of the tradition in every part of life. I applaud Kamala's wonderful work."
Jack Kornfield, co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and author of A Path with Heart
2003 Chiang Mai