The Book of Tibetan Elders: The Life Stories and Wisdom of the Great Spiritual Masters of Tibet

The Book of Tibetan Elders: The Life Stories and Wisdom of the Great Spiritual Masters of Tibet

by Sandy Johnson
     
 

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A stirring chronicle of the world's great wisdom brought back from brink of extinction. Sandy Johnson, author of The Book of Elders (on American Indian elders), has now traveled the world to gather the wisdom of the great spiritual masters of Tibet. In this remarkable and powerful book, each of the elders speaks in his or her own voice.

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A stirring chronicle of the world's great wisdom brought back from brink of extinction. Sandy Johnson, author of The Book of Elders (on American Indian elders), has now traveled the world to gather the wisdom of the great spiritual masters of Tibet. In this remarkable and powerful book, each of the elders speaks in his or her own voice.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Over the past few years, Tibetan Buddhism has become one of the most popular forms of Buddhism in the West. Here, Sandy Johnson, whose The Book of the Elders undertakes a similar exploration of Native American wisdom, collects the stories and wisdom of several Tibetan Buddhist masters. In 1991, Johnson's encounter with the Dalai Lama prompted her to learn more about the central teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Three years later, Johnson set off to travel around the Indian subcontinent to hear for herself and to record for others the teachings of some of Tibet's Buddhist masters. Johnson allows each teacher to tell the meaning of Buddhism in his own words. For example, a stone carver narrates the account of the ways he carves mantras in the river so that whatever touches the water will be blessed. Johnson's spiritual travelogue not only reveals the timeless wisdom of these great teachers as they live patiently the lessons of Buddhism in a homeland occupied by China, but also reveals the ways in which she is enlightened by her encounter with these men. (July)
Library Journal
Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Dalai Lama himself, have been in exile throughout the world. Attracted by their spiritual teachings, Johnson (The Book of Elders: The Life Stories and Wisdom of Great American Indians, LJ 7/94) set out for India to gather their stories and wisdom. In riveting accounts that are part travel guide and part spiritual autobiography, Johnson records the masters' teachings on compassion and enlightenment and at the same time discovers her own spiritual self-identity. Johnson's often spellbinding account will be especially valuable in libraries where there is keen interest in Buddhism, but all libraries would profit from this.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573226073
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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