Theravada Buddhism, is now widely practised in all parts of the world, including the United States, Ireland and Australia.
Originating in India, and spreading to modern-day countries such as Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka, the ancient texts of Therevada are written in Pali.
In Buddhism the teachings are largely based around the Eightfold Path, and the Four Noble Truths. Theravada Buddhism is also characterised by the study of the teachings known as 'Parami', or Perfections.
Currently the abbot at Amaravati monastery, Ajahn Amaro is a prominent figure in Theravada Buddhism in the west.
Probably the first man to bring a common everyday practice of Thai forest Buddhism to the west, Ajahn Chah was an important figure in teaching westerners the benefits of Theravada Buddhism.
As a student of Ajahn Chah, in the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism, Luang Por Sumedho established himself as an important teacher in the West.
Currently the head monk at Chithurst, Ajahn Succitto has written a good many books, not least with our friend at Sunyata, Nick Scott.
Throughout the narrative in my book, I refer fondly to my local Buddhist retreat centre.
Feel free to find out more about the inspirational setting of Sunyata, in the foothills of East Clare, in beautiful rural Ireland.
Established as the first dedicated monastery in the UK, for practising nuns and monks of the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho, click on the link to find out more about Amaravati.
Other useful Links
See here for more about Theravada http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhistworld/whats-thera.htm
For more about how Thereavada Buddhism relates to Zen, Mahayana and other Buddhist schools, see here: http://www.buddhanet.net/l_thera.htm
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