Before I returned to England, Ajahn made a prediction that in future I was to go and spread the Buddha’s teachings in England … He said:
‘You go … you are ready to teach now.
You will have to teach one day.’
This is how Fuengsin, born in Thailand, recalled the words of her Ajahn or teacher of the Buddha’s path.
Thursday’s Lotus reveals how she gradually fulfilled that prophecy – as a wife, mother and lay teacher in England. Remarkably, it was to Fuengsin, not monastics, that her Ajahn gave his handwritten book on advanced meditation practice.
Through her own contemplative experience and by learning to draw on many spiritual traditions and secular customs, she applied her training to help people from all walks of life.
Published and Available as Paperback or e-Book
Thank you for visiting this site, which is to accompany the biography: Thursday’s Lotus: The Life and Work of Fuengsin Trafford. It was made available initially as a paperback on 13 April 2016 (the Thai New Year!), printed using Amazon’s CreateSpace. This was followed by an e-book version for Kindle, released on 21 September 2016, and then a free PDF, available from this site.
Fuengsin.org will be serving as a companion site, beginning with a contents page, a complete list of all the websites mentioned in the endnotes . It’s intended to supplement this with digital versions of photographs, further facets from her life and a chance to provide feedback and ask questions.
Orders for the paperback can be placed on amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.fr, amazon.de, and other Amazon sites — the recommended retail prices are respectively: $14.99, £9.95, and €12.99. If Amazon is not convenient, then alternative listings include: Wordery and for Thailand, Kinokuniya. (For CreateSpace users, orders can also be placed through their store.)
The British Library cataloguing-in-publication (CIP) record details are:
Thursday’s lotus : the life and work of Fuengsin Trafford / Paul Joseph Trafford ; illustrated by Chanaphan Rassameepiyarak ; edited by Robert Bullard, Jane Struthers, Sue Mumford-Smith. — North Charleston : CreateSpace, 2016. — 1 volume ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781523935185 (pbk.) : £9.95 BNB Number GBB651786
Buddhists. Great Britain, Biography. Prepublication record
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