Circling the Sacred Mountain
A Spiritual Adventure through the Himalayas
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|Format:||Hardback, 352 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 May 1999|
To Tibetan Buddhists, Mount Kailash is the most magical place on earth, a place where one's prayers are answered instantly. The journey to the diamond-shaped peak is arduous, as it is located in the heart of the world's tallest mountains; yet it is well worth the effort. For according to tradition, one trip around the sacred mountain at 18,600 feet can wipe away the sins of a lifetime. It was this promise of transformation that inspired Robert Thurman, preeminent Buddhist scholar and teacher, to lead a group of eager pilgrims on the spiritual trek of a lifetime. Among the group was a former student and longtime friend, Tad Wise. Together, Thurman and Wise recount their experience circling the mountain, in chapters that counterpoint the most profound inner teachings of Tibetan Buddhism with a magnificent description of a land of awesome beauty and unexpected hardships. Chronicling the inner as well as the outer journey, confrontations both physical and metaphysical, Circling the Sacred Mountain serves as an inspiring metaphor for the challenging passage to enlightenment open to each of us.
"Wise's sections make for an absorbing travelogue."
"A lively circumambulation of Asia's holy mountain in Tibet, illuminated by Tenzin Thurman's passionate teachings."
--Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard
"A fine adventure and a brilliant direct pipeline to the ancient teachings of Tibet."
--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart
"This extraordinary book is a dream come true. Who would not wish to be taken on pilgrimage to the holiest mountain in the world by a golden-tongued giant of a teacher? It is not the altitude that takes our breath away as we read, it is the living force of Professor Thurman's dharma. By his own example, he makes us see that it is indeed possible to go to pieces without falling apart."
--Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
"Pilgrimage is a timeless spiritual practice, a way to transform ourselves and awaken to the natural holiness of life. Go on this spiritual adventure with one of our preeminent Tibetan tour guides, wise Bob, and his friend and fellow pilgrim, Tad. Take up this book; circumambulate this holy power place. Join the sacred circle."
--Lame Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
"This is no mere tale of a trek. Deep Buddhist wisdom, driven from the Himalayas by blind arrogance, has been given no choice but to search the world for new hearts and homes. To embrace this book, to circle its radiant inner mountain, is to defy Chinese occupation and harbor Tibet's exiled, ever-joyous soul."
--David James Duncan, author of The River Why and The Brothers K
"Tibetan Buddhism has recently become fashionable in the West...but Thurman and Wise gobeyond the buzz to demonstrate that it is also a religion rich in history and teaching, complex in myth and story...The tale of this pilgrimage--part high adventure, part Buddhist instruction--is certain to empower and inspire readers on their own spiritual adventures.
|Publisher: ||Bantam USA|
|Dimensions: ||24.0 x 17.0 x 3.0 centimeters (0.66 kg)|