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Peaks and Lamas

A Classic Book on Mountaineering, Buddhism and Tibet

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December 14, 2004 | Paperback |  6 x 9, 448 Pages | ISBN 9781593760588
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"For insight, and the beauty insight requires if it is to be effective, I find no writer on Buddhism surpassing him." —Huston Smith, author of Is There a Universal Grammar of Religion?

Peaks and Lamas is the account of two geographically related things: the climbing of Himalayan peaks and the Himalayan-Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. It was on a climbing expedition to the Ganges-Satlej watershed that Marco Pallis first began to study the lamas’ teachings and way of life. He returned several times to the upper slopes, these later journeys undertaken in search of further spiritual guidance. This book, with its elements of high adventure, its study of Buddhism, and its informed survey of Tibetan art and living, is invaluable for its undiluted, non-western view of the roof of the world. Peaks and Lamas also includes a series of photographs taken by Pallis and his friends.

About Marco Pallis

MARCO PALLIS was born in Liverpool in 1895, and served in the British army during World War I. In 1923 Pallis visited southern Tibet on a mountaineering trip, and he returned to the area in 1933 and 1936, consumed by an interest in its traditional culture, and stayed in monasteries in Sikkim and Ladakh. His other books include The Way and the Mountain and A Buddhist Spectrum. He died in 1990.

Praise

“For insight, and the beauty insight requires if it is to be effective, I find no writer on Buddhism surpassing him.” —Huston Smith, author of Is There a Universal Grammar of Religion?

“Pallis was the first explicitly Buddhist book I ever read. When I was about nineteen. I picked it up because I thought it was all about mountaineering, and some of it was. The Tibetan part absolutely fascinated me, and began the process of moving me from using mountain climbing as a spiritual askesis to the Buddhist tradition. I still own my original copy of the book, which takes place around Leh in Ladak, and which I finally visited and hiked in in the early 90s.” —Gary Snyder, author of This Present Moment

“I read it years ago and enjoyed it . . . Pallis became an important figure to a gaggle of scholars interested in interreligious dialogue.” —Robert Aitken, author of Zen Master Raven: Savings and Doings of a Wise Bird

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