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Opening the Mountain: Circumabulating Mount Tamalpais, A Ritual Walk
In 1965, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen gathered at the base of Mt. Tamalpais, a lovely small mountain in Marin County that anchors the San Francisco Bay on its northwest side. Inspired by Tibetan and Indian practices of walking clockwise — “the way of the sun” — around a venerated object, they “opened the mountain” by completing the first circumambulation. ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 26th 2006 by Counterpoint
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When I see this book on the shelf it reminds me of the value of browsing the shelves of your local independent bookstore, should you be so lucky to have one or more nearby. Despite my interest in walking and in San Francisco Bay Area books, I had never heard of this book before I ran across it a couple of years ago. It describes a ritual walk that circles the base of Mt. Tam, first taken by Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and others in the mid-60's. You don't have to live in the area, though, to en ...more