In 1978, at the age of 80, the Burmese forest monk Taungpulu Sayadaw left his native country for the first time and came to California, where he taught and established the West's first Burmese Buddhist temple and monastery. Revered as a saint in his lifetime and after his death in 1986, Taungpulu Sayadaw's calm, joyful presence, forged in a lifetime's dedication to the austere spiritual path of the Theravada forest tradition, was a beacon of hope to Burmese people in exile and a radiant example of living Buddhism for all who encountered him. This selection of the Sayadaw's favorite discourses, parables, chants, and meditations distills the essence of the fundamental Buddhist practices of mindfulness, non-attachment, and loving-kindness.
"In Taungpulu Sayadaw, modern Buddhism produced an authentically holy being, one whose life and teaching continue to convey to anyone who comes to learn about them the humble nobility of the Theravadin ideal... It is one of the joys of this fine selection that Taungpulu's spiritual personality should be so clearly revealed throughout in all its shrewdness, wit, hardheaded noble realism, and deep natural compassion for the suffering of all sentient beings... Such a personality and such teachings have the bracing and refreshing power of a clear and cooling mountain stream." -from the Foreword by Andrew Harvey