EBOOK READ [Phra Farang] Author Phra Peter Pannapadipo
Ll short of disappointing however although interesting there was not enough content More of a long diary Very straightforward depiction of life in a rural monastery in Thailand through the eyes of a British man who ordained as a buddhist monk He is a good writer a humble honest person who depicts his blunders and challenges without ego and his genuine strivings as a monk plus the parts of a Thai monk s life that he couldn t uite embrace but came to understand and be at peace with Very approachable writing I loved A good view from the inside of the Thai buddhism However the book didn t cover as much about how to meditate and the contrasts with the Western World My wife and I picked this little volume up in an alley in Bangkok I wanted to delve deeper into Thai culture and customs and also to understand about the uniue influences it has had on Thai Buddhism Phra Peter does an excellent job of recounting the cultural differences between the west and thailand and also really explores the influence of animism and Bhraminism and Hinduism I really enjoyed this book as it was part memoir part travelogue and part spiritual awakening for me I intend to read of the now disrobed writer s works and when I can contribute to the SET fund that he has so compassionately dedicated his life to. Outheast Asian culturePhra Peter tells his story with compassion humour and unflinching honesty It's the story of a 'Phra Farang' a foreign monk living and practicing his faith in an exotic and intriguing land.
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Written a few other noteworthy books including a brilliant one called Little angels about the oung monks who often occupy the monasteries in droves where they come from and why they live in monasteries I m not sure how widely available this book is now I see it has been republished in 2005 but if Playhouse you happen to be in Thailandou will most likely find it at Asia Books Former successful businessman Peter Robinson writes about his how his life changes forever after he decides to become a Buddhist monk who goes on to train and practice the Buddha s way of life in Thailand I personally thought the narrative is badly thought out lacks chronology and exhibits flaws which could have been avoided through proper literary revision It reads like a diary that readers will find scattered in content and almost boring in narration Although Phra Farang tries to be insightful and appealing with anecdotes and situations only a Westerner would face in completely different way of life far away from his London home in Thailand but it remains to be a read which should not have exceeded the 200 pages mark in terms of sunstance Most interesting for the amusing anecdotes about the double culture shock of entering monastic life and an unfamiliar asian culture Looked forward to reading this book It fe. He hoped it would beIn this truly extraordinary memoir Phra Peter Pannapadipo describes his ten ear metamorphosis into a practicing Buddhist monk while being initiated into the intricacies of an unfamiliar
Amazing book I would recommend it to everybody who is visiting or planning to visit Thailand Author gives a short introduction to Buddhism and describes the way Thai monks live their life He alone used to be a monk so his stories are from first hand I was reading this during my vacation in Thailand and couldn t stop reading The book makes ou understand about monks and Thai Buddhism On top of that it is very well written and the money from it goes to Student Education Trust that helps poor Desire and Deceive young Thai to get higher education Memories of an English Monk s experiences in Thailand Be not led by the authority of religious texts not by the delight in speculative opinions nor by seeming possibilities not by the idea this is our teacher Who is whispering midlife crises when a successful British businessman of forty is turning into a Buddhist monk in Thailand No that would me much too easy and would do short to Peter It s been a while since I read this but I still remember enjoying it after chancing upon it at the old Bangkok airport While he writes from the perspective of a foreiger who becomes a Buddhist monk in Thailand many of the observations are of local Thai culture in general Very interesting ifou have spent any time in Thailand either working or as a tourist He has since. At forty five successful businessman Peter Robinson gave up his comfortable life in London to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Bangkok But the new path he had chosen was not always as easy or as straightforward as.