Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree

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“A remarkable and beautiful book that captures the spacious and profound teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition.”—Inquiring Mind


The Buddha’s Teachings on Voidness

Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

In Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu presents in simple language the philosophy of voidness, or sunnata, that lies at the heart of the Buddhism. By carefully tying voidness to ethical discipline, Buddhadasa provides us clear and open grounds to reflect on the place of the philosophy in our lives. With his ecumenical, stimulating, and enthusiastically engaged approach to reading the Buddha’s teaching in full flourish, Ajahn Buddhadasa transforms the jungle of philosophy into a glade as inviting as the one in which he famously taught.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 184 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $20.95
  • ISBN 9781614291527
  • ebook
  • 184 pages
  • $17.99
  • ISBN 9780861718689
about the author
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree

Ajahn Buddhadasa (1906–93) is perhaps the most influential Buddhist teacher in the history of Thailand. In 1932 he founded Suan Mokkhablarama, the first modern forest monastery in Thailand. During his lifetime he was given eight honorary doctorates by Thai universities. Since the 1960s his work helped inspire a new generation of socially concerned individuals both in Thailand and throughout the world. Buddhadasa is known for his “radically conservative” re-grounding of Theravada teaching in the suttas rather than commentaries. The story of his early life is included in Sons of the Buddha.

Other books by Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu:
Mindfulness with Breathing
Under the Bodhi Tree

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