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Questions from the City, Answers from the Forest:
Simple Lessons You Can Use from a Western Buddhist Monk

Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu

224 pages
6 x 9

$16.00 paper
978-0-8356-0774-2
Also Available as an E-Book.

"Sincere inquiry always sparks our movement towards truth. Deep questions signal the manifestation of the very energy through which we outgrow ourselves." -- from the Introduction.

Born in Chicago, a law school graduate and real estate professional, Ajahn Sumano abandoned his comfortable American lifestyle for the begging bowl and simple cave home of an ordained Buddhist monk in the tradition of the Thai forest meditation masters. In 1994-95, he conducted a series of question and answer evenings at a guest house in Thailand's Kowyai National Park with English-speaking tourists eager to meet a Western Buddhist monk. The heartfelt questions of these "city" people and the clear and penetrating answers Sumano gave from his "forest" perspective form the basis of this remarkable book.

Written on a battered, battery-powered laptop in his meditation cave, Sumano's enchanting personal story and his refreshingly down-to-earth blend of American sensibility and Eastern practice will fascinate newcomers to Buddhist ideas as well as experienced practitioners.


Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu is an ordained monk in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Though he makes annual trips to teach and speak in the U.S. and many other locations around the world, he spends most of the year in solitary retreat in a mountain cave in northeastern Thailand.


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