A great read, funny insightful, and a very enjoyable way to read Dhamma; by way of its experience, rather than by way of the philosophical content. There are some things I personally found cheesy, but at less than £10 well worth the money.
The stories revolve around two monks on Tudong, a Thai word for Dhutanga which is derived from a pali word meaning austerity, specifically the thirteen practices allowed by the Lord Buddha, although here refers to wandering from place to place and staying in the wilderness.
The most famous Thai Monks in the west (Ajahn Chah; Ajahn Maha-Bua; & Ajahn Mun) all practiced Tudong in both meanings, gaining much from the practice, and there are occasions when western mendicant who live in the west practice this, the most famous of these is Ajahn Sucitto of Chithurst Monastery, and Ajahn Amaro of Amaravati Buddhist monastery, who has gone on long trips, although you may see others from time to time on tudong either for a few days or weeks.
from blisteredfeet-blissfulmind.net a site dedicated to the book
“This book is a delightfully revealing insight into the extraordinary world of Buddhist monks who are following an exacting discipline of scrupulous moral behavior and renunciation. Who would imagine that walking in the way of enlightened masters on a path carved out by a 2,500 year old tradition could seem just as powerfully relevant in present day England as it was in ancient India.
This is the story of two monks who put their faith to the test and walk across the countryside with nothing but their robes and alms bowls, refusing to touch money. With some wise and often amusing encounters they offer us a glimpse into a completely different way of life. Surviving purely at the hands of strangers, welcomed, ignored and sometimes threatened they touch upon the lives of many, and move the hearts and minds of a few.
Living in the world but not of the world, is the monk the ultimate rebel? Is he a wise sage or is the downright hardship they practice really just madness?
This is a beautiful book of stories, illustrated with colored drawings, based on very real and true experiences, gathered over years of direct experience, woven together into episodes in a young monk’s life training with his teacher. The real name of the author and the characters in the stories remain a mystery, as names are only conventions which the true seeker rightly abandons on the path.”
Or as it says on the book cover "Here we are looking into the reality within the story, its creators and the world behind it. The inside story."
you can buy a copy from Blistered Feet Blissful Mind.