The Way of the White Clouds

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 17, 2005 - Religion - 400 pages
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"A devoted Buddhist and a spokesman for Tibetan culture, Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950. Govinda's luminous and candid account is a spectacular and gloriously poetic story of exploration and discovery, and a sensitive and lucid interpretation of Tibetan traditions. Comprised of elements from several genres - spiritual journals, adventure narratives, anthropological field reports, and philosophical commentaries, The Way of the White Clouds is one of the twentieth century's classic spiritual autobiographies and an invaluable document about a place and a way of thinking that are virtually defined by their mysteries." "Robert Thurman's perceptive new introduction to the volume places Govinda's writings in historical context and expands understanding of Tibet, Buddhism, and the life of a remarkable man."--BOOK JACKET.

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Like water in the desert. I came upon this book during a period of having been terribly sickened by toxic mold to the point where reading was difficult and my short-term memory was failing, but I was compelled to read it no matter how many times I had to re-read parts of it due to exhaustion. It became like a trusted friend, every bit as important as the medicines I took to maintain my body in its capacity to strengthen my will. Though my healing is ongoing, this is a book I'm sure I will read many times again and has been a wonderful source of inspiration. Though I lost all my possessions, including my Dharma books, this was freely available online, just as Lama Govinda might have wished had he known of the technologies to come. His generosity of spirit and clarity are truly humbling and make me all the more grateful for the incredible teachers I have been fortunate enough to encounter. 


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