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  • Author:
    Lama Anagarika Govinda
  • ISBN:
    1585674656
  • ISBN13:
    978-1585674657
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  • Publisher:
    The Overlook Press; 1 edition (November 17, 2005)
  • Pages:
    308 pages
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    Europe
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Anagarika Govinda's book The Way of the White Clouds is among the most beautiful travel books ever written. I lost my copy of this book about 40 years ago. Govinda had been one of my teachers in college for over a year. It gives a lyrical picture of Tibet before the destruction of virtually everything by the Chinese. Somewhat melodramatic in its descriptive power, Lama Govinda (1898-1985) and his Persian wife, Li Gotami, wrote, drew, and photographed unknown (and often abandoned) temples, met amazing people, and generally coursed in a mystical reverie during their time there.

Lama Anagarika Govinda was among the last to journey through Tibet before its invasion by the Chinese

Lama Anagarika Govinda was among the last to journey through Tibet before its invasion by the Chinese. Why is it that the fate of Tibet has found such a deep echo in the world? There can only be one answer: Tibet has become the symbol of all that present-day humanity is longing for' Lama Anagarika Govinda. Lama Anagarika Govinda.

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Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950

Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950.

The way of the. White cloud. Lama anagarika govind, With an introduction by. Roberta. This became more and more of a problem during the 7 0 s, as Lamas books were beginning to attract a wider readership in Europe and America, and visitors were more and more frequent. To reach the ashram retreat was quite a hike up the mountain onto Crank's Ridge, as the place was affectionately called, due to the presence of Lama and other Indian intellectuals and old-guard expatriate yogins, artists, and writers.

Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950. You'll need your reading glasses, for sure, when you pick up Lama Govinda's The Way of the White Clouds because you won't want to miss one word of this marvelous text. Travel log, personal diary, and spiritual pilgrimage - I have read this book twice and will read it again. I have only loaned it out once - and only to a family member.

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Lama Anagarika Govinda was among the last to journey through Tibet before its invasion by the Chinese.

A classic account of a man's spiritual pilgrimage through Tibet just before the Chinese invasion of 1950 features a new introduction that places the author's experiences and discoveries in a historical context.

Enditaling
Lama Govinda was a seeker of wisdom. Born in Germany, growing up in Capri, living in then Ceylon and India, he converted to Buddhism--a practice which had greatly attracted him in his early years. This book though is about his travels into Tibet before China, in the 1930's and 40's. But it is not like any ordinary travel book-it is a combination of travel, adventure, spiritual wisdom, philosophy and an explanation of very complex Tibetan Buddhist practices. So here is the thing--this is not a book to sit down with on a Sunday afternoon and relax--no, this is a heavy, complicated, difficult book but well worth the reading because for about twenty years he was inside Tibetan Buddhism. He had a guru, met many teachers, was himself a Lama, traveled extensively, had extraordinary experiences and brings the unique perspective of a scholar who has had and understands religious experiences. I don't profess to have any command of Buddhism but I must say that I certainly understood far more than I ever had before--now, I see (and admittedly through my limited lens) what the mandalas and religious art and meditational deities are about whereas before they just looked like so much elaboration. He goes inside, and I do mean inside, Buddhism. If you are a serious student of Buddhism or just very curious, I think it is well worth the reading--plan on about ten pages a day as you do want to think about what he is saying and I recommend not skimming or missing any of it. There really are gems of understanding here although the experiences he had will leave you thinking for quite awhile. He died in 1985 in the Bay Area of Northern California.
Ubranzac
One of the most beautifully written and insightful books about Tibet and Buddhism ever, ever written. I found myself reaching for my pack of page-marker stickers over and over, and am re-reading the whole thing slowly and carefully. Rich, exquisite, heartful, funny, humane, the Lama lives on as a teacher in this wonderful work.
lets go baby
This book is a classic. Glad to see it back in print. Last time I looked for a copy I had to buy a used one from Britain.

In the Way of the White Clouds, Govinda tells about the ordeal, the excitement, the wonder of traveling through Tibet in the 30s. He found his Guru, had extraordinary experiences, lived through the extremes of Tibetan weather. He also talks about gtummo and lung-go-pa. The former is the ability lamas develop to dry wet sheets thrown over there bodies in the midst of winter and out in the elements. The latter tells about runners covering vast distances barely touching the ground as they bounce over the countryside.

I sent this book to a friend for a birthday present. I haven't read it recently. But, it would be a treat for explorers of the outer and inner worlds, especially Buddhist ones.
Kulwes
I really enjoyed reading this book. Lama Govinda was one of the first Westerners to undertake this kind of journey through this region, really more of a spiritual pilgrimage, and he writes from the point of view of a serious Buddhist practitioner, so it is much more than just a travelogue. It's a revealing and unique window into the vast and profound Buddhist culture - pre-Chinese invasion - of the Tibetan region, as well as a highly personal and poetic rendering of one man's deepening connection to his path. Wonderful.
Ishnllador
Anagarika Govinda's book The Way of the White Clouds is among the most beautiful travel books ever written. It gives a lyrical picture of Tibet before the destruction of virtually everything by the Chinese. Somewhat melodramatic in its descriptive power, Lama Govinda (1898-1985) and his Persian wife, Li Gotami, wrote, drew, and photographed unknown (and often abandoned) temples, met amazing people, and generally coursed in a mystical reverie during their time there. The reader is magically transported with them back to a time when no one in the West knew much, if anything, about Tibet, Tibetans, or its religion. That he might have got some details wrong isn't the point. This is a seminal work in its field (together with Marco Pallis and Alexandra David-Neel). Govinda's writing, and photographs are better than theirs, however.
inform
Great copy of the book and good service. I lost my copy of this book about 40 years ago. Govinda had been one of my teachers in college for over a year.
Larosa
I love this book it has such great descriptions, I could close my eyes and picture it. To me it is very uplifting and inspiring.
Wonderful, heartfelt adventure by a gifted
Buddhist scholar.