Alexandra David-Néel





Alexandra David-Néel


Born
in Saint-Mandé, France
October 24, 1868

Died
September 08, 1969

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Alexandra David-Néel (October 24, 1868 - September 8, 1969) was a French explorer, anarchist, spiritualist, Buddhist and writer. She is most known for her visit to the forbidden (to foreigners) city of Lhasa, capital of Tibet (1924). She was born in Paris, France and died in Digne, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. She wrote more than 30 books, about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels. Her well-documented teachings influenced the beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and philosopher Alan Watts.

Her real name was Louise Eugenie Alexandrine Marie David. During her childhood she had a strong desire for freedom and spirituality. At the age of 18, she had already visited England, Switzerland and Spain on her own, and she was studying i
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My Journey to Lhasa: The Cl...

3.93 avg rating — 913 ratings — published 1927 — 25 editions
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Magic and Mystery in Tibet

4.11 avg rating — 573 ratings — published 1929 — 38 editions
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Secret Oral Teachings in Ti...

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Initiations and Initiates i...

4.11 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1930 — 12 editions
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Tibetan Tale Of Love And Magic

4.23 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1983 — 6 editions
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Au coeur des Himalayas Le N...

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The Power of Nothingness

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Buddhism: Its Doctrines And...

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Superhuman Life of Gesar of...

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Journal De Voyage, Tome 2: ...

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“Suffering rises up those souls that are truly great; it is only small souls that are made mean-spirited by it.”
Alexandra David-Néel

“Il fait froid et triste quand on demande aux êtres de vous être un soutient, de vous réchauffer, d'alléger le fardeau de misère inhérente à toute existence. Nul d'eux n'a réellement le souci de le faire, nul d'eux ne le peut vraiment. C'est en soi qu'il faut cultiver la flamme qui réchauffe, c'est sur soi qu'il faut s'appuyer.”
Alexandra David-Néel, Journal de Voyage: 1, Lettres à son mari

“« Il ne faut pas vouloir du bien aux gens en dépit d’eux et contre leur volonté. Chacun sait, mieux que personne, ce qu’il lui convient. »”
Alexandra David-Néel, La Lampe de sagesse

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