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The Wheel of Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist

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The Wheel of Life is the spiritual autobiography of John Blofeld (1913-1987), a world-renowned British scholar and writer who devoted his life to the study of Eastern traditions, especially Buddhism and Taoism. With wit, honesty, and humility, Blofeld portrays his search for wisdom and his discovery of a genuine spiritual path. He describes in vivid detail his life in Pek ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published November 28th 1988 by Shambhala (first published 1959)
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Flowquietly
Oct 18, 2008 Flowquietly rated it liked it
seems an interesting read - right up my street
Patricia
I first read this book when a student of Chinese religion several decades ago, but spotted it again last week while searching for another book on the Buddhist concept of hell. I don't know why I took it down and began to leaf through it, then sat down to read it again over the past few days, but am so glad I did.

First of all, despite its title The Wheel of Life and cover photo, the work has little to do with the Buddhist concept of hell, but rather with life itself--in this case, the life of it

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Peter Certo
Feb 17, 2014 Peter Certo rated it really liked it
fascinating portrait of buddhist life in pre-war china and mid-century asia. ahead of its time, it delves deeply into buddhism and the east before the counterculture and subsequent generations of yuppies made it fashionable for westerners, yet the author is possessed of a distinctly archaic, late-imperial british orientalism. it's also an interesting and sympathetic portrait of a spiritual traveler who is incredibly earnest and adventurous when it comes to seeking out temples and teachers but sl ...more
Jane
I studied under dr blofield in the 1980's but did not discover this book until after his death. The description of his spiritual journey and the way of life in China pre communist was amazing!
Likewise India, Sikkim, etc. I found myself RIGHT THERE with his great descriptions and thoughtful details. I would give this book 20 stars if I could.
Eddie
Aug 18, 2010 Eddie rated it it was amazing
This book lacked a certain passion but was still a very intelligent and enjoyable book by one of the west' foremost writers on Buddhism. Blofeld visited China and Tibet before the Maoist revolution and offers much in those terms.
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Nov 23, 2016 Huy Nguyen rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhism
If you like the book "Journey to the East" by Baird T. Spalding, you might want to read this book too.
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A wonderful narrative that not only educated me about Buddhism (and I knew nothing about it!), but also had detailed, vivid descriptions of now-lost times and places.
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John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld was a British writer on Asian thought and religion, especially Taoism and Chinese Buddhism.
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