I TASTE FIRE, EARTH, RAIN: Elements of a Life with a Sherpa

I TASTE FIRE, EARTH, RAIN: Elements of a Life with a Sherpa

by Caryl Sherpa

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Sometimes one is ready to take risks, accept the unexpected, and commit to a dramatically altered life. With this spirit, Caryl Thornton leaves Los Angeles and begins her journey around the world, open to the new and ready for adventure. As she treks around the Annapurna Mountains of Nepal, she finds herself attracted to her Sherpa trekking guide, Nima. She denies her feelings for Nima, but as she comes to know the land and the Sherpas, she falls in love with Nima, his country, his people, and their joy. Together, Caryl and Nima struggle to find balance in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, but it is on their return to Nima's homeland near Mount Everest that they both come to terms with who they have now become. This is an inspiring story of love, cultural exploration the importance of place, finding one's faith, and the revelation that in the Himalaya, anything is possible. Fire, earth, and rain represent a triumvirate of three of the five elements of Tibetan Buddhist astrology that sustains life. Fire is heat, light, and passion: earth is our foundation: rain purifies and sustains. Together, Caryl and Nima welcomed the elements of fire, earth, rain, which allowed them to grow, flourish, and transform.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983609414
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Series: I taste fire, earth, Rain Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 364
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

After Caryl traveled around the world in 1991, she returned with a story to tell and a desire to write. Since her return, she has studied with teachers at the University of California Los Angeles and at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, as well as at workshops around the country. Her teachers have included Kathleen Alcalá, Bernard Cooper, Philip Lopate, and Terry Tempest Williams. Her passion is for Nepal, its people, and its culture, and especially that of the Sherpa after she met and married her trekking guide, Nima Sherpa. For six years, Caryl and Nima ran Himalayan Discovery, a trekking company. Whether they go with clients or alone, Caryl and Nima trek often in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.
Caryl writes to inspire others to move towards “a broadening of consciousness, the ultimate destination after any journey.” She intends to never stop traveling, and so her migration continues. In 2012, Caryl plans to spend more time in Nepal among farm fields, family, and mountains, so she may continue to write about what she loves—the Himalaya, the Sherpa, and their joy.

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I taste fire, earth, Rain: Elements of a Life with a Sherpa 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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As someone interested in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, I have a life goal of traveling to Nepal and trekking the Sherpa region. I was a little unsure at first about it being just a love story, but it was an easy to read book, not boring, and incredibly insightful! This book was really good and the lessons easier to understand when told as story, rather than a teaching.