Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

Longing for Certainty - Praise

Reflections on the Buddhist Life

“American Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano reflects on familiar Buddhist topics: mindfulness, impermanence, causation, and other similar themes. This volume, however, sets itself apart as an unusually practical, philosophical, and graceful book, brimming with the stuff of everyday life, and elegantly laced with poetry. This is a volume to be treasured and re-read by Buddhists of all types and stages, as well as non-Buddhists who love nature and are curious about a path that winds toward home. Deep, and shining.”—Publishers Weekly

“Nature lovers will find a companion for the trail in Longing for Certainty: Reflections on the Buddhist Life. Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, a Buddhist monk, blends depictions of idyllic landscapes with scriptural quotes in a series of musings on life. The simple message of this book is appealing: Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano encourages the reader to find the Buddhist teachings in everyday life and especially the natural world.”—Buddhadharma

“Nyanasobhano, an American actor/playwright turned Theravadin Buddhist, writes essays and reflections on the Buddhist path that stand well apart from the general run of writing on Buddhism for their sheer literary quality.”—WildMind Buddhist Meditation blog

“Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano sets out to explain Buddhist principles as they present themselves in everyday life. He sees examples of beauty but also is brought face-to-face with the reality of impermanence; he wants us to ponder both the transitory beauty of nature and the mortality which is the fate of every living thing. He has a knack for using ordinary incidents to elucidate complex Buddhist ideas and ideals.”—Spirituality & Health