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Ebook Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment by Richard Bernstein read! Book Title: Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment
The author of the book: Richard Bernstein
Edition: Knopf
Date of issue: March 13th 2001
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 313 KB
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ISBN: 0375400095
ISBN 13: 9780375400094
Language: English
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If I had come at this book as primarily an account of the spiritual journey of a 7th century Buddhist monk (which is how the publisher has packaged it) I probably would not have liked it as much as I did. I knew, going in, that this was more about the author’s travels through Central Asia and China, and that was what I was in the mood for at the time. As it is, 4 stars seem a bit too generous, but 3 stars, too stingy.

Journalist Richard Bernstein follows the route of the monk Hsuang Tsang from China to India. The monk hoped to study the original Buddhist texts and strengthen his knowledge of Mahayana Buddhism. Bernstein hopes to go on a big trip before age finally catches up with him.
Bernstein details the problems of crossing borders and dealing with corrupt officials and thieving cabdrivers. He tells how hard it can be to find decent food or accommodations in Central Asia, the crowded conditions on Indian public transit, not to mention the loneliness of travel, the sense of “Why am I doing this?” At times, Bernstein can grate a bit.

There are little bits of easily digested Buddhist history. I was interested in the notion that most of Central Asia had been a collection of Buddhist kingdoms, stretching from Afghanistan to China and down into India. These states were weakened by a rising China and ultimately destroyed by the spread of militant Islam.

An interesting book, overall. It made me want to read other things about the region and about Buddhist history.


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Ebook Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment read Online! Growing up in the small town of East Haddam, Connecticut, RICHARD BERNSTEIN always dreamed of seeing the world, and after he finished university he figured a great way to do that would be to become a newspaper reporter. So he became a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine and then the New York Times, which sent him all expenses paid!) to lots of countries, including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Mozambique, and about 20 others. Along the way, he wrote thousands of newspaper articles and seven books, mostly for grownups. A Girl Named Faithful Plum is his first book for young readers, but he's sure it won't be his last. After moving around for most of his life, Richard settled in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife, Zhongmei (who is Faithful Plum!), his son, Elias, and their cat, Lucky.


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Poignant book.

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From disgust to delight!

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