Loung Por is my favourite monk in Thailand. One of the heads of the Lemon Tree temple in Suphan Buri, he is usually found there. My Thai family will always seek his counsel on any matters, be they business or personal.
Recently, he has begun digging through his various piles of books, looking for English versions to give to me. The first book he found was a little off the wall, 'The King and his dog', was basically a picture book, a short read, about how the present King of Thailand cares so much for his pooches (my love of hounds has begun to procede me I think).
The second book he gave me just recently is called 'The Pali Canon, What a Buddhist must know'.
I don't have intentions of becoming a Buddhist, however, the book is very interesting. Essentially, the Pali Canon refers to a set of scriptures in which Buddha's teachings (the Dhamma) are enshrined, and as Buddha clearly stated that the Dhamma were to succeed him as teacher, it effectively means that the Pali Canon is a place where Buddhists can still have audience with Buddha some 2500 years after his death.
I've only just started the book, and so won't go further, but as little gems of wisdom are revealed, I will post.