John Blofeld (19131987) was a world-renowned scholar and writer who devoted his life to the study of Eastern religion, especially Taoism and Buddhism.
The Wheel of Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhistby John Blofeld, Huston Smith (Foreword by), John Eaton Blofeld (Preface by)
"The Wheel of Life" is the spiritual autobiography of John Blofeld (1913-1987), a world-renowned British scholar and writer who devoted his life to the study of Eastern traditions, especially Buddhism and Taoism. With wit, honesty, and humility, Blofeld portrays his search for wisdom and his discovery of a genuine spiritual path. He describes in vivid detail his life in Peking and his travels in Tibet, Mongolia, China, India, and Burma: the worlds of remote mountain monasteries, the sacred inner chambers of sages and yogis, and the inspired lives of simple, ordinary people. The book is particularly valuable for its sensitive picture of a world that no longer exists. As Huston Smith remarks in his Foreword, "Blofeld encountered Chinese Buddhism and Taoism at a very special moment in history, the final moment before they came under Communist onslaught. To have his intimate glimpse into what they were like as still-living traditions is historically important."
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