The Dhammayut movement in the nineteenth century, an attempt to bring Thai Buddhism in line with the Pali Canon, spawned both a modern ecclesiastical hierarchy and an independent lineage of forest meditation monks. A study of the shifting relationships between these two groups provides insight into the values that unite and divide them, and that currently threaten to tear Thai Buddhism apart.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu was ordained in Thailand in 1976 and since 1991 has been abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in northern San Diego County. He is the co-author of the textbook, Buddhist Religions, and author of The Buddhist Monastic Code, Meditations, The Mind Like Fire Unbound, and The Wings to Awakening.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies