"We here present the memoir, "Ten Years of Suan Mokkh," which is an autobiographic account of Achan Buddhadasa in his younger days, as the first book in our "Buddhism for the Young Generation" series. We believe this piece of work will help young people nowadays to learn from another perspective about the search of a young idealist who was inspired by the Buddhistic principles in our Thai cultural heritage for life's meaning and values. The author wrote this memoir in October 1943 when he was 35 years old. Although the account is about what happened half a century ago, the readers will feel that they closely and congenially enter into the author's life and spirit. On one hand, this may be because his heart while writing the memoir had common ground with the young. On the other hand, it is probably because his pursuit played with a common experience that is profound and timeless. In this latter aspect, the young generation of today will find food for thought in this work, especially for preparing themselves at this younger age for working to benefit society in later years. (...)"
(Preface to the Previous Thai Edition (1989))
"In this book, the author decribes his experiences living alone and later with otherfs during the first decade of Suan Mokkh. He discusses his adjustment to living in a forest monastery, the teaching nature provides, and practical tips for setting up a dhamma center. When first published, it was hailed for both its dhamma and literary value."
The First Ten Years of Suan Mokkh by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, written in 1943.
Translated from the Thai by the Dhamma Study & Practice Group in 1990.
Re-published by the Dhammadana Foundation, this book is currently available at the Dhammadana bookstore, Suan Mokkh, Chaiya, Surat Thani & at the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives bookstore, Suan Rodfai, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand.