Under the Bodhi Tree takes us back to the principles at the heart of Buddha’s teachings—conditionality and dependent coarising. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu makes the case for dependent coarising as a natural law, and from there builds a compelling presentation of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and practice. Basing himself squarely on the Buddha’s own words as preserved in the Pali Canon, he brings clarity and simplicity to what is typically a thorny philosophical knot. By returning dependent coarising to its central place in Buddhist theory and practice, Buddhadasa provides perspective on the Buddha’s own insights and awakening.
Under the Bodhi Tree is another excellent entry from one of the most renowned Buddhist thinkers of modern times. For students who wish to study further, a companion guide is available from liberationpark.org.
Translated and edited by Santikaro.