Grains of Gold: Tales of a Cosmopolitan Traveler (Buddhism by Gendun Chopel,Thupten Jinpa,Donald S. Lopez Jr.

By Gendun Chopel,Thupten Jinpa,Donald S. Lopez Jr.

In 1941, thinker and poet Gendun Chopel (1903–51) despatched a wide manuscript by way of send, teach, and yak throughout mountains and deserts to his place of origin within the northeastern nook of Tibet. He may keep on with it 5 years later, returning to his place of origin after twelve years in India and Sri Lanka. yet he didn't obtain the welcome he imagined: he used to be arrested by way of the govt. of the regent of the younger Dalai Lama on trumped-up fees of treason. He emerged from felony 3 years later a damaged guy and died quickly after.

 

Gendun Chopel was once a prolific author in the course of his brief lifestyles. but he thought of that manuscript, which he titled Grains of Gold, to be his life’s paintings, one to please his compatriots with stories of an historical Indian and Tibetan previous, whereas alerting them to the wonders and risks of the strikingly smooth land abutting Tibet’s southern border, the British colony of India. Now to be had for the 1st time in English, Grains of Gold is a special compendium of South Asian and Tibetan tradition that mixes travelogue, drawings, background, and ethnography. Gendun Chopel describes the realm he came across in South Asia, from the ruins of the sacred websites of Buddhism to the Sanskrit classics he realized to learn within the unique. he's additionally sharply, frequently humorously severe of the Tibetan love of the wonderful, bursting one delusion after one other and discovering fault with the bills of previous Tibetan pilgrims. Exploring quite a lot of cultures and religions crucial to the background of the sector, Gendun Chopel is keen to explain the entire new wisdom he accrued in his travels to his Buddhist viewers in Tibet.

 

At as soon as the account of the stories of a sad determine in Tibetan background and the paintings of a unprecedented student, Grains of Gold is an available, compelling paintings lively through a feeling of discovery of either a far off prior and an odd present.

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