Synopses & Reviews
In 1959 a young monk named Tsung Tsai (Ancestor Wisdom) escapes the Red Army troops that destroy his monastery, and flees alone three thousand miles across a China swept by chaos and famine. Knowing his fellow monks are dead, himself starving and hunted, he is sustained by his mission: to carry on the teachings of his Buddhist meditation master, who was too old to leave with his disciple.
Nearly forty years later Tsung Tsai — now an old master himself — persuades his American neighbor, maverick poet George Crane, to travel with him back to his birthplace at the edge of the Gobi Desert.
They are unlikely companions. Crane seeks freedom, adventure, sensation. Tsung Tsai is determined to find his master's grave and plant the seeds of a spiritual renewal in China. As their search culminates in a torturous climb to a remote mountain cave, it becomes clear that this seemingly quixotic quest may cost both men's lives.
Having fled Red Army troops in 1959, monk Tsung Tsai persuades his American neighbor--40 years later--to travel with him back to his birthplace at the edge of the Gobi desert. Their search takes them from frontier towns, mud villages, and lost temples to a remote mountain cave and deep into the heart of zen.
Hailed as "magical", this "Los Angeles Times" bestseller is a fascinating book tracing a mystical journey with an unlikely pair, a young monk and his American poet friend, into the soul of an ancient religion and inside the mind of a Buddhist master.
About the Author
George Crane is a poet as well as a translator of poems from the Chinese (A Thousand Pieces of Snow, co-authored with Tsung Tsai). He lives in upstate New York. Bones of the Master is his first nonfiction work.