Rehearsing Enlightenment: A Retreat in the Buddhist Himalayas

The book includes nineteen black and white photos or illustrations.

The cover is a color thanka painting of Green Tara by Kayla Komito, a noted thanka artist. A signed, numbered, limited edition fine art print of the cover thanka is available at Amazon as ASIN: The first full authoritative and annotated translation of any Buddhist tantric text into English. This is an autobiographical account of the extraordianary career and travels of scholar David Snellgrove.

It spans his explorations of Central, South and Southeast Asian cultures over a period of 56 years. This book is intended for visitors to Cambodia and for anyone who is interested in a brief account of the history and culture of this once great empire. An indispensible introduction to the history and culture of one of the great classical civilizations.

Angkor was the capital of an empire that covered most of Indochina, and this guidebook covers not only Angkor in detail but many other sites in Cambodia and Thailand. Snellgrove paints a vivid picture of the Khmer empire, putting the monuments in their historical, artistic and social context. His seemingly boundless energy and. Blue cloth in dust jacket. Some scuffing to dj, light discoloration.

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Bumping to spine ends. Else, overall, interiors clean and sound. A seminal and still very relevant volume on Tibetan culture and religion, first published in and long out of print.

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Doctor of Philosophy, University London, This is an autobiographical account of the extraordianary career and travels of scholar David Snellgrove. Mahamudra is to wake up after dying , having a vision of what has always been, is, and will be. The book includes nineteen black and white photos or illustrations. I used to feel as if there was this huge banqueting table of Buddhist thought and practice and I'd get these little crumbs from people, but never enough to make a meal.

Bachelor, Queen's College, Cambridge, England, Outwardly there was no reason. My family are lovely, my school was great,.

'I spent 12 years in a cave'

I had a wonderful job as a librarian. Bethnal Green in east London, where I grew up, was very neighbourly. But inwardly I had a strong feeling that I had to go where I belonged; for a long time I just didn't know where that was. Even as a child, I was interested in spiritual matters. I studied Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism and I'd tried reading the Qur'an, but as I didn't believe in a creator God most religious paths were closed to me. Then, when I was 18, my mother and I were delayed at an airport for eight hours.

The only book I had with me was Mind Unshaken, about Buddhism.

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Halfway through the book, I said to my mother, "I'm a Buddhist. My mother was magnificent. She was a spiritualist who held seances in our house every Wednesday.

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Tables would fly around the room. She was widowed when I was two and brought up my older brother and myself with very little money from my father's fish shop. She had terribly bad health, yet was always cheerful and uncomplaining - and her decisions were usually so wise. When I told her I was going to India to look for a Buddhist teacher, her first question was: When I wrote to her she replied: Three weeks later I became a nun.

It wasn't a difficult decision. Although I'd had boyfriends, I never wanted to marry. I never wanted children.

Television, I'm glad not to have to watch. And as for sex - I couldn't care less. In this society, sex is constantly thrown in your face but to make it the be-all and end-all of life is pathetic; it puts you on the same level as the monkeys.

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Many women leading fulfilling lives don't even think about it. I don't need or want a one-on-one personal relationship. That's why I don't get lonely.

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