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Are there any autobiographies of theravadan monks I could buy on Amazon? the one with Ajahn thet is kind of expensive.
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befriend wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:17 pm Are there any autobiographies of theravadan monks I could buy on Amazon? the one with Ajahn thet is kind of expensive.
you shouldn't have to buy any books. plenty of biographies of monks here, for free:
https://forestdhamma.org/books/english-books/
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That looks great thank you
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frank k wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:06 pm
befriend wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:17 pm Are there any autobiographies of theravadan monks I could buy on Amazon? the one with Ajahn thet is kind of expensive.
you shouldn't have to buy any books. plenty of biographies of monks here, for free:
https://forestdhamma.org/books/english-books/
Well, common trade is surely better and not so misleading as "Robinhood-hood", and even praising such.

Maybe better to say: blessed who can live by what has been given (personaly), or at least asked for.

Taking "free" doesn't mean to not break apart, better never arrive, at full Sila, still carry on wrong view. And "free" doesn't mean no debts, no trade, but there are various reasons why one gives, even bonds to very grave wrong views.

Why not telling your own story if inspired to feed, to give, good householder? Maybe starting with:"Long time I rejected to go on for my self, but once I desiered to feed someone with a story he could relay on for a walkabout, but considering, I saw I actually had non, my own, to give. That made my terrible annoyed, a good pride forced myselft to change this poorness. "If they could, ordinary human, why can't I? That wouldn't be proper for me!" So I got the right focus, right there, which leaded myself into the holly life..."
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SamanaJohann2 wrote: Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:15 pm
frank k wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:06 pm
befriend wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:17 pm Are there any autobiographies of theravadan monks I could buy on Amazon? the one with Ajahn thet is kind of expensive.
you shouldn't have to buy any books. plenty of biographies of monks here, for free:
https://forestdhamma.org/books/english-books/
Well, common trade is surely better and not so misleading as "Robinhood-hood", and even praising such.

Maybe better to say: blessed who can live by what has been given (personaly), or at least asked for.

Taking "free" doesn't mean to not break apart, better never arrive, at full Sila, still carry on wrong view. And "free" doesn't mean no debts, no trade, but there are various reasons why one gives, even bonds to very grave wrong views.
Bhante, I am not sure I understand your objections here. Forest Dhamma Books holds the copyright to everything they distribute. They are a charitable publisher of Dhamma books. From their "About" page
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befriend wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:17 pm Are there any autobiographies of theravadan monks I could buy on Amazon? the one with Ajahn thet is kind of expensive.
You can find the autobiography of Ajaan Lee online here.

or you can write to Metta Forest Monastery book request for a hard copy.
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I recently obtained nyanatiloka's autobiog -- it looks promising -- has anyone here read it?

I also recently completed the excellent biography of the French hermit monk Ven Nanadipa ( recently passed away) which was fantastic.

https://www.fourthmessenger.org/suttas- ... s-forests/
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If anyone's interested, here's Nyanatiloka's autobiog--

https://ia802701.us.archive.org/7/items ... 5md7cC.pdf
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The following is an inspiring read from a fascinating life of a recluse --


THE ISLAND WITHIN – THE LIFE OF THE HERMIT MONK BHANTE ÑĀṆADĪPA


https://pathpress.org/wp-content/upload ... Within.pdf

Now what I'd really enjoy reading would be an informed biography of Alan Bennett, one of the first British monks --

https://www.google.com/search?q=alan+be ... 11&bih=438

He had started out as an occultist wizard from Stoke Newington ( as I recall?), who then shunned the occult world for Dhamma -- quite a character.
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