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A bestseller in South Korea in 1991, where it was serialized in that country's largest newspaper, Little Pilgrim is a tale of adventure and self-discovery in the tradition of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. Based on the Gandavyuha, Buddhism's deepest and most challenging scripture, Ko Un's Little Pilgrim relates the heroic journey of Sudhana, who sets out to discover what trut ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Parallax Press
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Sudhana took his morning meal of fruit and water, then ran out in search of freedom in the marvelous beauty of the high pure mountain.


When the Korean poet Ko Un was born in 1933, he drew his first breath in a Japanese colony, a colony in which it was forbidden to teach the Korean language in school as part of a campaign by the Japanese imperialists and their Korean quislings to replace the inferior Korean culture by the infinitely superior accomplishments of the Japanese. Too malnourished
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Amanda
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Beautifully-written... such a great piece of poetry!
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Jun 28, 2007 rated it liked it
This book would probably be really good if I knew more Buddhist mythology. As it is, it was well written, but I didn't get the significance of, well, any of it.
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Very good episodic read similar in a way to supreme source
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Magical, little pilgrim is one of my heroes.
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Ko was born Ko Untae in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province in 1933. He was at Gunsan Middle School when war broke out.
The Korean War emotionally and physically traumatized Ko and caused the death of many of his relatives and friends. Ko's hearing suffered from acid that he poured into his ears during an acute crisis in this time and it was further harmed by a police beating in 1979. In 1952, before the
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