Shopping for Buddhas

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Lonely Planet Publications, 1996 - Travel - 198 pages
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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.

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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


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Jeff Greenwals is a writer, photographer, and performer. he is the author of six books, including The Size of the World, for which he created the first internet travel blog. His work has appeared in Wired, Salon, Smithsonian, Afar, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. Jeff serves as the executive director of the nonprofit Ethical Traveler. He also created a solo9 show, Strange Travel Suggestions, which draws from his tales as a travel journalist.

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