Shopping for Buddhas
There was a need for non-attachment, to be sure; but also a prerequisite of knife-like resolve. Here in this exotic land, we were compelled to raise the art of shopping to an experience that was, on the other hand, tinged with desperation, like shopping at Macy's during a one-day-only White Sale.
Shopping for Buddhasis Jeff Greenwald's story of his obsessive search for the perfect Buddha statue. In the backstreets of Kathmandu, he discovers more than he bargained for...and his souvenir-hunting turns into an ironic metaphor for the clash between spiritual riches and material greed. Politics, religion and serious shopping collide in Jeff Greenwald's witty, thought-provoking account of his experiences in Nepal.
Jeff Greenwald is the author of the best-selling travelogue The Size of the World.
What people are saying - Write a review
Shopping for BuddhasUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Greenwald (Mr. Raja's Neighborhood: Letters from Nepal, John Daniel, 1987) returns to Nepal, specifically Kathmandu, in search of the perfect Buddha statue. He details why he chose the Buddha among ... Read full review
Other editions - View all
Alex Kerr artists Aryal Asia asked Babukaji Bagmati River began Bhaktapur bicycle blessings bodhisattva Brahmanism Buddhism bukkyo dendo called chair Chapter Chenrezig color compassion deities Direndra Dorothy Durbar Marg enlightened everything eyes face felt finally fingers flames Ganesh garbage gods and goddesses gompa Gosainkund hand head Himalayas Hindu holy human rights Kapilavastu Karen Kathmandu Valley Khandroma Rimpoche King kingdom knew Krishna Lalji lama live Lonely Planet look Manjushri Mara Marilyn ment morning Nag Pokhari Nancy Nepal Padmasambhava paint Parvati past Patan perfect prayer flags Prince realize Rick Road Royal Palace rupees seemed Shiva Shopping for Buddhas shrines Siddhartha Siddhartha Gautama Sidhi Raj spiritual Sri Sri Sri statue street strolled Tara temples Thakurathi thangkas thing Tibet Tibetan tiny took Tribhuvan International Airport Udrayana Vishnu walked wanted week Western wisdom wonder Yeshe Tsogyal