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The Way of the White Clouds

by Lama Anagarika Govinda

The Way of the White Clouds <p>by Lama Anagarika Govinda


 
Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950. A devoted Buddhist and a spokesman for Tibetan culture, Govinda's luminous and candid account is a spectacular and gloriously poetic story of exploration and discovery, and a sensitive and lucid interpretation of Tibetan traditions. Comprised of elements from several genre-spiritual journals, adventure narratives, anthropological field reports, and philosophical commentaries, The Way of the White Clouds, is one the twentieth century's classic spiritual autobiographies and an invaluable document about a place and a way of thinking that is virtually defined by its mysteries.

Robert Thurman's perceptive new introduction to the volume places Govinda's writings in historical context and opens a new door to understanding Tibet, Buddhism, and the life of a remarkable man who, Thurman remarks, is "undoubtedly one of the West's greatest minds of the twentieth century, among the Pantheon that includes with Einstein, Heisenberg, Wittgenstein, Solzhenitsyn, Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama."

400 pages. Paperback.

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