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Author QuotedAcariya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno
Title QuotedWisdom Develops Samadhi / translated from Thai by Bhikkhu Pannavaddho
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/10/17
QuotationThe Thai Buddhist concept of sila, the "control of outgoing exuberance," is basic, somewhat like the Javanese rasa. There is a good pamphlet on the "Forest Wat," the idea of wisdom, beginning with sila. This small book, really only an extended article, "Wisdom Develops Samadhi" by the Venerable Acarya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno, a translation from the Thai published in Bangkok, is a spiritual masterpiece.[Note 9: While the Venerable Nanasampanno's essay may exist as a separate pamphlet in the Thai language, it appears almost certain that the text Merton read was the English translation by Bhikkhu Pannavaddho of Wat Pa-barn-tard, which appeared in the May 1967 issue of the magazine Visakha Puja.] The author is apparently, or was, one of the masters in the Ghai forest wats, abbot of Wat Pa-barn-tard in the jungle of north central Thailand.
Quotation SourceThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 212
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