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Longing for Certainty

Reflections on the Buddhist Life

Published by Wisdom Publications
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About The Book

In the same lyrical voice that met with such acclaim in Landscapes of Wonder, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano invites us to look upon the natural world with new eyes and to find the truths of the Buddha's teachings in our immediate experience. Attentive to the subtle power of language, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano choose his words in these essays with such artisty and care that Longing for Certainty resounds with sparkling, fluid clarity.

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano has been referred to as "American Buddhism's Thoreau" and indeed, his ability to inspire his readers to discover the wonders of nature and the spiritual insights that they arouse is unsurpassed among modern Buddhist writers. Fans of his acclaimed Landscapes of Wonder, will find that Longing for Certainty moves into even deeper fields of reflection.

About The Author

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano was an actor and playwright before being ordained in Thailand in 1987. He now lives in the United States.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (March 1, 2002)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861713387

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Raves and Reviews

"American Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano reflects on familiar Buddhist topics: mindfulness, impermanence, causation, and other similar themes. This volume, however, sets itself apart as an unusually practical, philosophical, and graceful book, brimming with the stuff of everyday life, and elegantly laced with poetry. This is a volume to be treasured and re-read by Buddhists of all types and stages, as well as non-Buddhists who love nature and are curious about a path that winds toward home. Deep, and shining."

– Publishers Weekly

"Nature lovers will find a companion for the trail in Longing for Certainty: Reflections on the Buddhist Life. Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, a Buddhist monk, blends depictions of idyllic landscapes with scriptural quotes in a series of musings on life. The simple message of this book is appealing: Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano encourages the reader to find the Buddhist teachings in everyday life and especially the natural world."

– Buddhadharma

"Nyanasobhano, an American actor/playwright turned Theravadin Buddhist, writes essays and reflections on the Buddhist path that stand well apart from the general run of writing on Buddhism for their sheer literary quality."

– WildMind Buddhist Meditation blog

"Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano sets out to explain Buddhist principles as they present themselves in everyday life. He sees examples of beauty but also is brought face-to-face with the reality of impermanence; he wants us to ponder both the transitory beauty of nature and the mortality which is the fate of every living thing. He has a knack for using ordinary incidents to elucidate complex Buddhist ideas and ideals."

– Spirituality & Health

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