What the Buddha Never Taught

Overview

The 20th Anniversary Edition of the bestselling classic with a new foreword by Wade Davis.

"Tim’s journeys took him not only to Asia, but into an inner world of spirit and faith. He has lived on the streets of India, pursued the Dharma in Himalayan monasteries, and joined the community of monks at Wat Pah Nanachat in the jungles of Thailand – a commitment detailed with such humour, honesty and grace in What the Buddha Never Taught".

– Wade Davis, author of The Wayfinders, from the new foreword.

There is a place in the jungles of northeastern Thailand where Westerners can live according to the monastic rules laid down over 2,500 years ago by the Buddha. Author and journalist Tim Ward sought enlightenment and spent a season in this unique Buddhist monastery-one of the strictest in Southeast Asia. His affectionate "behind the robes" book about the rigors and foibles of monastic life at Wat Pah Nanchat has become a modern Buddhist classic.

How does a monk handle coming face to face with a cobra coiled behind a toilet door? Can Mr. Chicago - a former real estate tycoon - really find liberation in a 10" X 10" wooden hut? How does a would-be-monk manage to meditate with the incessant clouds of mosquitoes hovering overhead, when the precepts prohibit killing all sentient beings? And how do Tim and the others react when Thai villagers put a Mars Bar in their begging bowls?

By turns humorous, iconoclastic and inspiring, What the Buddha Never Taught was a best seller in Canada, a Book of the month selection in the US, and has been translated into five languages, and used as a university text for classes in Asian and Religious studies.

Reviews

One of the most engaging, fun and clear-headed accounts of the search for transformation...

Tim's journeys took him not only to Asia, but into an inner world of spirit and faith. He has lived on the streets of India, pursued the Dharma in Himalayan monasteries, and joined the community of monks at Wat Pah Nanachat in the jungles of Thailand-a commitment detailed with such humour, honesty and grace in What the Buddha Never Taught.

Wade Davis, author of The Wayfinders, from the new foreward

When Tim Ward's cult classic first came out, it instantly established itself as one of the most engaging, fun and clear-headed accounts of the search for transformation that many of us have read. Twenty years on, I'm thrilled that this new work has a new incarnation, whatever the Buddha did or didn't teach!

Pico Iyer, author of Cuba and the Night

About the Authors

Tim Ward

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
Tim Ward photo

Tim Ward

Tim Ward is the author of five books, including three spiritual travel and adventures based on his six years living in Asia. His stories have appeared in thirteen anthologies, including Best Travel Writing 2006. Now living in Washington, D.C., Tim still travels to South and East Asia several times a year, thanks to his work as an international communications consultant for economic, environmental, and development organizations.

Wade Davis

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Wade Davis

Wade Davis is a Canadian anthropologist, author, and explorer who David Susuki called "A rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life's diversity." Wade Davis has written a new forward for What the Buddha Never Taught, the 20th Anniversary Edition of the bestselling classic. Dr. Davis lives in Washington, D.C.