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This review was originally written in Chinese, although the book itself is in ENGLISH I translated my review to English and have both versions published here The prominent Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Ven Bhante Walpola Piyananda was born in 1943 and joint monastic order at age of 12 He came to US in 1976 and established one of the earliest Theravada temples in North America He was the Buddhist Chaplain of 1984 L.A Olympics This book Saffron Days in L.A is a collection of some live storie This review was originally written in Chinese, although the book itself is in ENGLISH I translated my review to English and have both versions published here The prominent Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Ven Bhante Walpola Piyananda was born in 1943 and joint monastic order at age of 12 He came to US in 1976 and established one of the earliest Theravada temples in North America He was the Buddhist Chaplain of 1984 L.A Olympics This book Saffron Days in L.A is a collection of some live stories from his experience teaching and spreading Buddhism, presenting to readers the qualities of Compassion, Wisdom, Courage and Equanimity a Buddhist monk possesses in plain English It s a touchy book prefaced by H.H Dalai Lama and published by Shambhala Press which has printed a lot of Buddhist books.The word Saffron comes from the color of Sri Lankan monks robe Same color can bee seen in some Southern China monastics too Bhante is proud of his robe and the priesthood it represents as a rigorous Dharma Dhamma master He has been one of the greatest contributors to the ongoing efforts to bring Buddha s teachings from Asian countries in America Many accounts of cultural shock Bhante ran into are found in his book, and of how he has introduced Dharma to Americans using Buddhism specific skillfulness and won their respect and trust For example, one day he met with a group of punks and he said you are the old styled punks and I m the new one you are half shaved and I m fully shaved and I have this robe which you don t have By starting the conversation in such a funny way, he made friends with this kind of young people, some of which took refuge in him later In another case, he saw some young students of him getting sunbathed in the nude in a retreat center, and again, tackled this kind of awkward situation with wisdom and made great teaching out of it.I m Bhante s townsman , because Los Angeles is the first American city I ve lived in It s like my hometown Actually his book mentions the hospital of USC my alma mater When he came to US for the first time, he landed in San Francisco, and met by some Chinese monks from Gold Mountain Temple of Master Hsuen Hua s system So he has a connection with Chinese too His first day experience in US had shown a strong connection of his to this country that was the day when there was this parade celebrating 200th anniversary of Independence A Gold Mountain monk drove the Bhante directly there and got him on their float where a huge Buddha s statue is set The Chinese monk asked him help hold the Buddha statue, thus Bhante partaked this centennially happening event on behalf of the Buddhist society himself I m familiar with Gold Mountain Temple myself, cuz I visited there twice and borrowed some books when I was living in North Bay alone.Master Hsuen Hua, Bhante Piyananda and many other monks from Chinese speaking world, Japan, Tibet, Vietnam and Southeastern Asia have come all the way to Americas since the end of WWII and set the root of Dharma here, with each school seeing numerous local lay folks and monastics around Americans aspire for enlightenment, and they are intelligent people My Zen master told me that when they attended the West Coast Buddhist Convention, they saw all Caucasian faces, with just a few Asians like him Buddhism has been rooted deeply in America Over the decades, American Buddhism has seen a rapid growth of number of followers, and respect from even non Buddhists who has learned quite some about our religion Through the efforts of these Dharma masters and bodhisattvas, Buddhism has won a prominent status and respect in mainstream culture and influenced pop culture.This book of the Bhante s mentioned some interesting specific quetions I have heard about Therevada For instance, it is believed Theravada cares too much of sila discipline and has become texualistic sticking to words literally At Buddha s time, there was no tobacco available and that s why it is not included in sila and some Theravadan monks and nuns smoke Bhante criticizes smoking by monastics, believing this is considered a violation of sila and quotes Buddha s teachings to support this opinion Buddha said, one should not do any harm to his body, therefore, smoking is not allowed I heard Therevada does not recognize buddhas but Buddha Shakyamuni, nor bodhisattvas, but Bhante s book uses the expression a buddha , which sounds in accordance with Mahayana doctrine He mentioned bodhisattvas too.Bhante is such a knowledgeable man, that he can get into a wide collection of Buddhist scriptures and give teachings using text from Dhammapada and other suttas.Bhante Piyananda s live stories in America have manifested the spirit of Buddhism, which is like Ven Hsing Yun said, Being Fearless to World Bhante Walpola Piyananda 1943 12 1976 1984 Buddhist Chaplain Saffron Days in L.A Shambhala skillfulness USC 1976 200 a buddha As a freshly graduated 20something, I currently working on improving myself I found Bhante s outlook on life refreshing and his experiences and values resonated with me The book itself was a quick read but it has definitely piqued my interest in Buddhism Thanks to Bhante, I will be readingsoon and internalizing his teachings. I am glad that I have read this book, as it has taught me a lot about the Buddhist religion, but it was a bit taxing to read Bhante is charming and warm, but his writing style just wasn t something I really got into This isn t a book that I will talk you out of reading, just one that I couldn t convince you to read. Quick, comprehensive read on Buddhist principles through storytelling Worth checking out. This book describes some of the warm and funny experiences of Bhante Walpola Piyananda after he came to the U.S from Sri Lanka Very easy to read and incorporates a lot of basic Buddhist teachings so that anyone can understand The book follows a lot of what is found in What The Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula. .Free E-pub ⚆ Saffron Days in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America ⚖ In this delightful memoir, Bhante Walpola Piyananda, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, shares his often amusing, often poignant experiences of life in America Whether he s reasoning with a group of confrontational punks on Venice Beach, bridging the gap between a rebellious teenager and her traditional parents, explaining to an errant Buddhist that the concept of non attachment does not justify irresponsibility, or dealing with a nude sunbather at a meditation retreat, no situation no matter how sticky manages to affect Bhante s unflappable calm or his phenomenal ability to find the right parable for the moment Bhante Walpola Piyananda, who is abbot of a Buddhist meditation center in LA has met and counseled a wide range of people the disenfranchised of society, couples dealing with relationship issues, American Buddhists trying to reconcile their practice with their very Western lifestyles, recent immigrants struggling to assimilate but also maintain their traditional values His stories reveal the complicated, joyous, painful, baffling, and inspiring aspects of the human condition and the power of true compassion