Meeting the Buddha: On Pilgrimage in Buddhist India
Molly E. Aitken
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1995 - Religion - 370 pages
From E.M. Forster to Peter Matthiessen to Allen Ginsberg, many of the world's most acclaimed writers have traveled to the holy lands of India seeking spiritual enlightenment. Their lyrical and highly personal recollections are compiled here for the first time in one volume, taking readers on a colorful journey to each of the eight Buddhist pilgrimage sites of India.
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Meeting the buddha: on pilgrimage in buddhist india edited bUser Review - Book Verdict
Aitken has edited a marvelous work on pilgrimage to the seven most important places in India for Buddhists, including the place where the Buddha was born, where he attained enlightenment, and the site of his first teaching. Though there have been other recent Buddhist pilgrimage books (Holy Places of the Buddha, LJ 6/1/94), what makes this one special are the accounts from sacred Buddhist texts and writings of Buddhist pilgrims throughout the ages describing the site, indicating its importance for the Buddha, and each pilgrim's description of his/her thoughts and feelings when at the site. Selections include writings by John Blofeld, Sandy Boucher, Allen Ginsburg, and Gary Snyder. The contrast between the flowery, idealized presentation of the sites in some Buddhist sacred texts and the accounts of the difficulties of traveling in India in modern times is especially interesting. Andrew Schelling's introductory essay captures the romance and hardship of pilgrimage as religious journey. The work includes notes about the contributors and a very useful list of sources from which the selections have been taken. Highly recommended for religion collections.--David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
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A helpful resource for learning about the pilgrimmage sites in India associated with the Buddha. I would have appreciated more substance, though (historically, archaeologically, etc), and less personal banter.
Introduction by Andrew Schelling
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