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Questions of Heaven: The Chinese Journeys of an American Buddhist (Concord Library)

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Book News Annotation:

An American Buddhist describes her experiences traveling in western China to climb one of the country's sacred mountains. She visits Buddhist lamas, and discusses the cultural and spiritual effects of recent political upheavals. No index. For general readers.
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Synopsis:

Gretel Ehrlich's path leads her to Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces in western China to climb Emei Shan, one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains. For Ehrlich, a practicing Buddhist, the climb is both a spiritual pilgrimage and a troubling encounter with a culture reeling from recent political history. Ehrlich visits Buddhist lamas who, until recently, were in hiding from the purges of the Cultural Revolution, and she travels to a panda refuge in the mountains northwest of Chengdu - in both cases trying to unravel the ultimate fate of these once-revered symbols. "All roads to paradise first pass through purgatory". In perhaps the most hair-raising car-trip narrative in recent travel literature, Ehrlich writes of her journey from the southwestern city of Kunming over the Burma Road and on to Lijiang - an isolated mountain town which does in the end fulfill Ehrlich's hopes for cultural and spiritual revival, and where she learns from an unlikely group of Naxi sacred musicians that "music is medicine" and that profound healing requires profound faith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807073100
Subtitle:
The Chinese Journeys of an American Buddhist
Author:
Ehrlish, Gretel
Author:
Ehrlish, Gretel
Author:
Ehrlich, Gretel
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
China Description and travel.
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Concord library
Series Volume:
95-669
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.52x5.81x.70 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Gretel Ehrlich's path leads her to Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces in western China to climb Emei Shan, one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains. For Ehrlich, a practicing Buddhist, the climb is both a spiritual pilgrimage and a troubling encounter with a culture reeling from recent political history. Ehrlich visits Buddhist lamas who, until recently, were in hiding from the purges of the Cultural Revolution, and she travels to a panda refuge in the mountains northwest of Chengdu - in both cases trying to unravel the ultimate fate of these once-revered symbols. "All roads to paradise first pass through purgatory". In perhaps the most hair-raising car-trip narrative in recent travel literature, Ehrlich writes of her journey from the southwestern city of Kunming over the Burma Road and on to Lijiang - an isolated mountain town which does in the end fulfill Ehrlich's hopes for cultural and spiritual revival, and where she learns from an unlikely group of Naxi sacred musicians that "music is medicine" and that profound healing requires profound faith.
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