Phra Farang: An English Monk in Thailand

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Random House, Apr 1, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 384 pages

At forty-five, successful businessman Peter Robinson gave up his comfortable life in London to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Bangkok. But the new path he had chosen was not always as easy or as straightforward as he hoped it would be.

In this truly extraordinary memoir, Phra Peter Pannapadipo describes his ten-year metamorphosis into a practicing Buddhist monk, while being initiated into the intricacies of an unfamiliar Southeast Asian culture.

Phra Peter tells his story with compassion, humour and unflinching honesty. It's the story of a 'Phra Farang' - a foreign monk - living and practicing his faith in an exotic and intriguing land.

 

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
3
Section 3
14
Section 4
22
Section 5
37
Section 6
45
Section 7
58
Section 8
68
Section 18
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Section 19
207
Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
247
Section 23
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Section 24
265
Section 25
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
320
Section 29
329
Section 30
341
Section 31
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Section 32
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About the author (2010)

Peter Robinson became a Buddhist monk, taking the name Phra Peter Pannapadiop, at the age of forty-five but now administers SET - the Students' Education Trust he set up for novices who wished to continue their education but cannot afford to do so. As monks cannot earn money or fundraise themselves, he elected to disrobe temporarily.

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