Under the Bodhi Tree

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A renowned Buddhist master digs into the idea of interdependency—the very core of the Buddha’s teachings.


Buddha’s Original Vision of Dependent Co-arising

Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

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Under the Bodhi Tree takes us back to the principles at the heart of Buddha’s teachings—conditionality and dependent coarising. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu makes the case for dependent coarising as a natural law, and from there builds a compelling presentation of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and practice. Basing himself squarely on the Buddha’s own words as preserved in the Pali Canon, he brings clarity and simplicity to what is typically a thorny philosophical knot. By returning dependent coarising to its central place in Buddhist theory and practice, Buddhadasa provides perspective on the Buddha’s own insights and awakening.

Under the Bodhi Tree is another excellent entry from one of the most renowned Buddhist thinkers of modern times. For students who wish to study further, a companion guide is available from liberationpark.org.

Translated and edited by Santikaro.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $20.95
  • ISBN 9781614292197
  • ebook
  • 224 pages
  • $17.99
  • ISBN 9781614292371
about the author
Under 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
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree

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