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The buffalo boy who provided kusa grass for the Buddha's enlightenment cushion Old Path PDFEPUBand the Buddha himself. Personally the best written recount of the buddha's lifeBeautiful clear and simple writing without missing out on the important sutras and key essence of what buddhism is all about I have attended Thich Nhat Nanh's retreat and enjoyed it thoroughly He also mentioned in his website that I knew that the readers would have much happiness while reading the book because I had so much happiness while writing itIndeed I felt light and happy reading the book Its simple yet deep It deserves a second read which I intend to do and cross reference with all the sutras More information about Thay's account of writing Old Path White cloud taken from At that time I was also writing the book Old Path White Clouds We did not have central heating yet only a wood stove in the little room above the bookshop and the weather was very cold I wrote with my right hand and I put my left hand out over the stove I was very happy writing From time to time I would stand up and make myself a cup of tea Every day the few hours I spent writing was like sitting with the Buddha for a cup of tea I knew that the readers would have much happiness while reading the book because I had so much happiness while writing it Writing Old Path White Clouds was not hard work; rather it was an immense joy It was also a time of discovery Some sections were difficult to write than others One difficult section was when the Buddha first gave teachings to the three Kashyapa brothers and received them as disciples There are documents that say the Buddha had to use miracles to do it but I wanted to show that he did it with his compassion and understanding The Buddha has a great capacity of understanding and compassion so why would he have to use miraculous powers I had a strong faith that I would be able to write the chapter in that light That was the most difficult chapter for me but eventually succeeded The second most difficult chapter was when the Buddha went back to visit his family after becoming enlightened He was still the son of his parents and a brother to his siblings I wished to write in a way that would retain his human ualities The way he took the hand of his father upon their meeting the way he related with his younger sister with Yasodhara and Rahula was very natural I could only write in that way because I felt the ancestral teachers supporting me In reading Old Path White Clouds we find that Buddha is a human being and not a god That is precisely the aim to help readers rediscover the Buddha as a human being I tried to take away the mystic halos people ascribe to the Buddha Not being able to see the Buddha as a human being makes it difficult for us to approach the Buddha

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Old Path White Clouds Walking in the Footsteps of the BuddhaDrawn from White Clouds MOBI #241 original sources Old Path White Clouds is the beautiful classic recounting of the li. This is basically Buddha's autobiography told from his various close associates and third person perspectives Along with it his teachings are also combined in a simple understandable form If you are looking for the history of Buddha and his Sangha's early days you can pick this up

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review Old Path White Clouds Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha 103 º ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Old Path White Clouds Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha Author Thich Nhat Hanh – Horticulturetrader.co.uk Drawn from original sources Old Path White Clouds is the beautiful classic recounting of the liFe and teachings of Gautama Buddha over the course of eighty years It is retold alternately through the eyes of Svasti. In Old Path White Clouds Thich Nhat Hanh retells the story of the Buddha's life drawing on accounts from multiple classical sources The language is simple calm and beautiful; there's conflict in the story but no false drama just the clear working out and sharing of the Buddha's teachings and the growth of the early sangha through the end of the Buddha's lifeOver the last two decades I've acuired and read parts or all of roughly a dozen different books on Buddhism from translations of key texts to essays and memoirs by practicing Buddhists to modern histories of famous disciples I've found it all interesting but hard to retain Somehow as I read Old Path White Clouds I found concepts and references clicking into place one after another It's not that Hanh tackles all these pieces; as with all his writing at least that I've read his message is simple and very focused on the Buddha's core teachings the rest of the details just aren't important A recurring incident in Old Path is when a young monk or lay person tries to get the Buddha to answer deep metaphysical uestions and the Tathagata says nothing until he eventually reminds the uestioner that he is focused on teaching liberation from suffering not arcane cosmic truths Nonetheless for someone approaching Buddhism with no real familiarity I think I'd recommend reading a short analytical introduction something like the Very Short Introduction that covers core teachings followed by this uiet gem of a book before moving into specialized topics