Facing Mount Kanchenjunga: An English Buddhist in the Eastern Himalayas

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Windhorse Publications, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 498 pages
This is the second set of memoirs by Sangharakshita. In 1950 Kalimpong was a lively trading town in the intrigue-ridden corner of India that borders Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet. Finding a welcome in this town, nestled high in the mountains, were a bewildering array of guests and settlers: ex-colonial military men, missionaries, incarnate Tibetan lamas, exiled royalty and Sangharakshita, a young English monk attempting to establish a Buddhist movement for local youngsters. In this delightful volume of memoirs, Sangharakshita shares the incidents and insights of his early years in Kalimpong. These include brushes with the Buddhist 'establishment', a meeting with the 'Untouchables' saviour Dr B.R. Ambedkar and his friendship with Lama Anagarika Govinda. Behind these events we witness the development of this remarkable young man into an increasingly effective interpreter of Buddhism for a new age.
 

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Contents

On My Own in Kalimpong
7
A New Gate Opens
24
Stepping Stones
42
The Spirit of the Hills
58
Mdening Circles
103
Burma Raja and the Devas
125
Repairing the Damage
147
Traditions and Individual Talents
160
Contrasts in Kathmandu
284
A Big Setback
331
The Near and the
351
The Enemy of the Church
373
Discovering Dharmapala
398
A Reenshrinement and a Reunion
423
Discussions in Bombay and Deolali
436
A Fresh Beginning
462

Preparing To Receive The Sacred Relics
185
Pretexts and Processions
205
The Hermitage
234
Kindred Spirits
263
New Arrivals in Kalimpong and Dhardo Rimpoche
478
Index
493
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About the author (1991)

A respected translator and author of over fifty books, Sangharakshita began studying BUddhism at the age of 16. After 20 years studying in India he returned to England and set up the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order which has over 65 centres worldwide, including the USA.

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