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Rude Awakenings

Two Englishmen on Foot in Buddhism's Holy Land
Rude Awakenings

Author(s) : Sucitto, Bhikkhu and Scott, Nick
Publishers Price : 12.99
Wisdom Price : 8.57(save 34%)
Availability : Currently in stock
ISBN : 0861714857
EAN : 9780861714858
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 320
Size : 228 x 152mm
Publisher : Wisdom Publications
Published : 2006
Category : Travel: Pilgrimage
Category 2 : Travel: Adventure/Exploration
Synopsis:
Two very different men - an earthy life-loving naturalist and an austere Buddhist monk - partner for a great six-month walking adventure: tracing the Buddha's footsteps in India. Set in each of the two author's contrasting voices, the book is half down-and-dirty adventure, complete with surprising twists and pitfalls; half inspirational spiritual memoir. This story blends self-effacing humour, philosophical explorations, drama, travel observations, and the occasional giant fruit bat.

No one walks around the Buddhist holy land. Not today. They go by bus between the holy sites. And with good reason. The Buddha's homeland is now one of the most desperately overcrowded and poverty-ridden places on the planet. It is also very dangerous. But ecologist Nick Scott and Buddhist monk Ajahn Sucitto decided to do just that: to walk for six months and for over one thousand miles, sleeping out at night and living on alms food, just as the Buddha would have done.

"As the clarity and candor of the writing draw us into this remarkable journey, we soon experience an inner landscape of two extraordinary hearts and minds. This is a wonderful book." Joseph Goldstein.

"Armchair pilgrims take note! This book will provide blisters, backaches, frights, absurd laughter, and all-night meditation. Result? Exhaustion tinged with grace. In the age of the pop-epiphany, Rude Awakenings is a throwback to what began it all: the slow road to enlightenment. It's also a badminton in play between the Odd Couple of Spirituality, and one lovely read." Tad Wise.
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