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The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise

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ISBN13: 9780143036029
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The myth of Shangri-la originates in Tibetan Buddhist beliefs in beyul, or hidden lands, sacred sanctuaries that reveal themselves to devout pilgrims and in times of crisis. The more remote and inaccessible the beyul, the vaster its reputed qualities. Ancient Tibetan prophecies declare that the greatest of all hidden lands lies at the heart of the forbidding Tsangpo Gorge, deep in the Himalayas and veiled by a colossal waterfall. Nineteenth-century accounts of this fabled waterfall inspired a series of ill-fated European expeditions that ended prematurely in 1925 when the intrepid British plant collector Frank Kingdon-Ward penetrated all but a five-mile section of the Tsangpo’s innermost gorge and declared that the falls were no more than a “religious myth” and a “romance of geography.”

The heart of the Tsangpo Gorge remained a blank spot on the map of world exploration until world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker delved into the legends. Whatever cryptic Tibetan scrolls or past explorers had said about the Tsangpo’s innermost gorge, Baker determined, could be verified only by exploring the uncharted five-mile gap. After several years of encountering sheer cliffs, maelstroms of impassable white water, and dense leech-infested jungles, on the last of a series of extraordinary expeditions, Baker and his National Geographic–sponsored team reached the depths of the Tsangpo Gorge. They made news worldwide by finding there a 108-foot-high waterfall, the legendary grail of Western explorers and Tibetan seekers alike.

The Heart of the World is one of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory—an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.

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One of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory, "The Heart of the World" is an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on Earth--and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.

Synopsis:

The Heart of the World recounts an extraordinary journey into one of the most inaccessible places on earth, and a pilgrimage to the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan prophecies proclaim that the greatest of beyul, or mystical sanctuaries, lies at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, veiled by a colossal waterfall in the forbidding Tsangpo gorge. After years of investigation, world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker and his National Geographic–sponsored team made worldwide news by finding a magnificent 108-foot-high waterfall—the legendary grail of both Western explorers and Tibetan pilgrims.

About the Author

Ian Baker has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for more than twenty years. He has written several books on Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism and has contributed articles to Explorers Journal and National Geographic.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Call of Hidden-Lands

The Gorge

The Mountain

The Waterfall

The Veils of Paradise

Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, Index, and List of Illustrations

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bhukusphun, July 16, 2012 (view all comments by bhukusphun)

after exploring in internet about PEMAKOE.. i come to know about this book called "the heart of the world". i felt elated that someone has explored our hidden land,pemakoe. i can't wait to read this book.. .. thanks you sir...

kunsang phuntsok.. bhukusphun@yahoo.com
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sangyes, February 15, 2007 (view all comments by sangyes)
Pemako was unknown to the outer world but Ian Baker discover Pemoko. I am very happy to know that thru his megnificient book "The Heart of the World" let people to know about it. I am a Tibetan, born in India but my parents are from Pemako. I am one of the happiest person in this world to know about this famous book. -sangyes@yahoo.com
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143036029
Author:
Baker, Ian
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Dalai Lama
Introduction:
Dalai Lama
Author:
Lama, Dalai
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Tsangpo Gorges (China) -
Subject:
Tsangpo Gorges Region (China) -
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos, illustrations, and maps thro
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.42x5.54x1.16 in. 1.08 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , One of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory, "The Heart of the World" is an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on Earth--and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.

"Synopsis" by , The Heart of the World recounts an extraordinary journey into one of the most inaccessible places on earth, and a pilgrimage to the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan prophecies proclaim that the greatest of beyul, or mystical sanctuaries, lies at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, veiled by a colossal waterfall in the forbidding Tsangpo gorge. After years of investigation, world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker and his National Geographic–sponsored team made worldwide news by finding a magnificent 108-foot-high waterfall—the legendary grail of both Western explorers and Tibetan pilgrims.
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