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Journeys of Transformation: Searching for No-Self in Western Buddhist Travel Narratives
By: John D. Barbour

Journeys of Transformation, John D. Barbour


 
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Author: John D. Barbour
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781009098830
Publication Date: 2022

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Western Buddhist travel narratives are autobiographical accounts of a journey to a Buddhist culture. Dozens of such narratives have since the 1970s describe treks in Tibet, periods of residence in a Zen monastery, pilgrimages to Buddhist sites and teachers, and other Asian odysseys. The best known of these works is Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard; further reflections emerge from thirty writers including John Blofeld, Jan Van de Wetering, Thomas Merton, Oliver Statler, Robert Thurman, Gretel Ehrlich, and Bill Porter. The Buddhist concept of 'no-self' helps these authors interpret certain pivotal experiences of 'unselfing' and is also a catalyst that provokes and enables such events. The writers' spiritual memoirs describe how their journeys brought about a new understanding of Buddhist enlightenment and so transformed their lives. Showing how travel can elicit self-transformation, this book is a compelling exploration of the journeys and religious changes of both individuals and Buddhism itself.

Journeys of Transformation: Searching for No-Self in Western Buddhist Travel Narratives, John D. Barbour, Cambridge University Press, Hardcover, 342 pages, $39.99

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