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Rude awakenings

Postby greentara » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:01 am

Reading 'Rude awakenings' by Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott. Pilgrimage on foot through India and Nepal, following the Buddha's footsteps, begging food and living the simple life of a renunciate, a genuine seeker. Anyone interested in Buddhism and travelling through India will identify with the chaos, the odours, the ancient temples, the piety, the clanging of bells and the deafening street noise. A colourful, inspirational story that unfolds seamlessly.
Definitely worth a read.
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Re: Rude awakenings

Postby shel » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:49 am

Real life generally unfolds seamlessly, I find.
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Re: Rude awakenings

Postby Wayfarer » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:35 am

Oh yeah I've got that on my bedside table. Got it on special a few weeks back and delving into it alongside a few other books. Lovely book, well written and very 'in the moment'.
Learn to do good, refrain from evil, purify the mind ~ this is the teaching of the Buddhas
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Re: Rude awakenings

Postby greentara » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:55 am

I'm well into the book now and Ajahn Succito has come up trumps. A man of compassion, a monk totally dedicated to Buddhism; yet whilst walking through a small village in India he comes across a small shrine to Hanuman, he bows at the shrine. and pays respect to the deity. Upon seeing this an elderly, tear streaked woman approaches him and touches his feet and Succito blesses her and chants a few auspicious verses and sprinkes her with water to lessen the old womans sorrow.
I've always been attracted to a broader, all encompassing spirituality and those that shun a narrow, sectarian approach.
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Re: Rude awakenings

Postby Simon E. » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:30 am

Two incredibly nice blokes. Ajahn Succito served a long term as Abott of Chithurst . Nick contributed hugely to the restoration and health of the forest that Chithurst was given along with the main house.
As you say a great read.
If you can get hold of a copy I would also strongly recommend ' The Long Road North ' by Ajahn Amaro with Nick Scott.
An account of their walk through England. It was though printed in small numbers.
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Re: Rude awakenings

Postby greentara » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:17 am

Thanks Simon, "If you can get hold of a copy I would also strongly recommend ' The Long Road North ' by Ajahn Amaro with Nick Scott" I don't live in England but am sure that a second hand bookshop or(charity shop) might hold surprises.
Rude Awakenings is such a gem of a book. How Nick can plod on with dysentery through rural India is beyond me. I've had severe gastro in India and simply collapsed into my hotel bed and had people bring me food whilst I sooked in third world discomfort. Obviously Nick is mad of sterner stuff then me.
Ajahn Succito writes " But through all of it we gradually sank into the earth, the earth that swallowed excretement and suffered the plough, the mother that produced rice and sugarcane and teemed with humans....." he writes so beautifully
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