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A Pilgrimage Among the Hermits of the Buddhist Himalayas (Paper Back)
Year of Publication : 2006
ISBN : 8120814797
Book Details : 216 x 140mm; xxvii, 450p.; 48 Plates; Glossary; Index
Price (Paperback): USD 15.00 (excluding postage, which will be calculated based on shipping address)
When John Crook of Bristol University began research in the Zangskar valley of Ladakh in 1977 his prime intention was to investigate the social anthropology of the area through studies of village life. In 1986 Crook returned to Ladakh with Tibetologist James Low to enquire full into the social organization, history, meditational practices and philosophy of the yogins who still lived and practiced in the remote parts of the area. This book is a record of the authors' adventurous journeys to meet some remarkable men. The Yogins were often generous, providing accounts of their training, one of them allowing Crook to photograph a previously unknown text - instructions on Mahamudra by the eminent Tipun Padma Chosgal. James Low's brilliant translation of this difficult work together with that of a biography of the great woman yogin Machig Labdron provides the basis for extensive and original discussions of the meaning of Tibetan Buddhism and it's significance in our time.