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  Song of the Road: The Poetic Travel Journal of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso
By: Cyrus Stearns (Translator)

Song of the Road


 
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Author: Tsarchen Losal Gyatso
Translator: Cyrus Stearns
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781614290551
Publication Date: Jan. 2013

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In 1539, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, a Tibetan lama whose mastery of the tantric Buddhism of the Sakya tradition has never been surpassed since, made a pilgrimage from Tibet's western regions into the center of the country. This is his record of that journey, providing a uniquely personal window into the country at that time and into the mind of this charming master. Tsarchen and his companions slowly pass through the countryside, crossing high passes and rivers, descending into deep valleys, visiting hermitages, estates, temples, villages. The richness of the language, imagery, and visionary experiences set it apart from other works of the same genre in Tibet.
Tsarchen's journal is sometimes strikingly similar to the famous "Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi)" of the Japanese haiku master Matsuo Basho, which records a journey taken in 1689, exactly 150 years after Tsarchen's trip. As with Basho's classic, Tsarchen's text is written in a mixture of luminous prose and verse, with an immense amount of hidden meaning. The extensive notes essential to revealing the layers of meaning beneath Tsarchen's words, placing them in the context of the spiritual topography of the land he travels, the centuries of history and legend permeating the

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