Essays in Theravada Buddhism: Writings of an Incendiary Buddhist Monk
A new book by John David Reynolds
(formerly Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu)
Essays in Theravada Buddhism, is a collection of writings particularly on the topic of Theravada, the most conservative and ancient school of Buddhism in existence. The emphasis is mainly an understanding of original Buddhism, what was taught by the historical Buddha. The essays try to cut through accumulations of later tradition, mythology, modern bias, and so forth to seek out and identify what the Buddha originally, really taught -- and thus how people today can follow his teachings, even though the culture of the modern west, and even the modern east, is very different from the Iron Age Ganges Valley in which Buddhism was born.