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Questions of Heaven: The Chinese Journeys of an American Buddhist (Concord Library)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Gretel Ehrlich's path leads her to Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces in western China to climb Emei Shan, one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains. For Ehrlich, a practicing Buddhist, the climb is both a spiritual pilgrimage and a troubling encounter with a culture reeling from recent political history. Ehrlich visits Buddhist lamas who, until recently, were in hiding from ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Beacon Press (first published 1997)
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Andrew
I found it too brief, too involved with describing the hardships of China in the 20th century. The writing style was too self-involved, the subject matter concentrating too much on surface ephemera, and not enough on buddhism. Many better books out there in the same sub-genre of "buddhist westerner going on pilgrimage"
Mimi
Although this book was originally recommended when I took a masters-level "Literature of Travel" course, this unique piece of literature has been calling out to me for quite some time. I'm glad I finally took time out to read it.

On one level, this is a book about the spiritual journey of an American Buddhist as she climbs the metaphorically important mountains of China. On another level, this book painted an important sociological and historical portrait of China in the aftermath of Mao's tyrann
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Cindy
Small collection of essays about a mountain climbing pilgrimage to China in the mid-90s. Ehrlich finds it a depressing place - until she gets to Lijiang and meets musicians who are trying to preserve some of the heritage that has been shattered by the Cultural Revolution.
Cindywho
Small collection of essays about a mountain climbing pilgrimage to China in the mid-90s. Ehrlich finds it a depressing place - until she gets to Lijiang and meets musicians who are trying to preserve some of the heritage that has been shattered by the Cultural Revolution.
Eric
Aug 23, 2007 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spirtual seekers and people who question spirituality
A lot about music, a ton of about hope, that Mao lived by eating ashes, that nirvana can be found from the vertigo you get when you look out over a cliff and beyond below...it's a fantastic book that sticks with you.
Patricia
Lovely passages about mountains and music.
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Gretel Ehrlich is an American travel writer, novelist, essayist, and poet born on a horse ranch near Santa Barbara, California and educated at both Bennington College in Vermont and UCLA film school. After working in film for 10 years and following the death of a loved one, she began writing full-time in 1978 while living on a Wyoming ranch where she had been filming. Her first book, The Solace o ...more
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