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An amazing collection of letters written by a Burmese Buddhist monk to western students of his about twenty years ago. It sounds like yet another buddhist self-help kind of thing - which in a way it is - but is the clearest and most real discussion of some of the most important aspects of life. When I say "real" I mean that he is talking from his point of view complete with criticisms of Buddhism and his own faults and imperfections. It is all about being aware in very sense. It is repetitive be ...more
Even till this day, many from the West find Buddhist teachings inaccessible due to inexorable cultural barriers and the resulting misunderstandings. This book provides an alternative access to Buddhism by speaking from a first-person narrative that is essentially modern, intellectual, and Western. Simply put, Sayadaw U Jodika is more of an intellectual than a monk. Well-versed in Western philosophy - Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Jung, and James, Sayadaw U Jodika is the kind of Burmese monk who would ...more
A collection of letters from Sayadow U Jotika to his students. Rich in implications, suggestions, and encouragement if you have taken up the Way. Also a good book for those interested in Eastern philosophy. It will give you a glimpse of ideas and mindset of Buddhist teachings and practice.