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Passage Through India

An Illustrated Edition
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Counterpoint
 | 
April, 2009
ISBN:
9781593761783
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In 1962, after studying Buddhism in Japan, Gary Snyder and poet Joanne Kyger joined Allen Ginsberg and his companion Peter Orlovsky for a long trip to
India
“to see the hearth-land of the Buddha’s teachings.” As always, Snyder kept extensive journals of his travels and, in this particular case, also wrote the whole account in one long letter to his sister. Passage through India brings both together in celebration of and reverence for
India
and its teachings. As Snyder writes in his original preface,

I honor
India
for many things: those neolithic cattle breeders who sang daily songs of love to God and Cow, as a family, and whose singing is echoed even today… The finest love poetry and love sculpture on earth… But most, the spectacle of a high civilization that accomplished art, literature, and ceremony without imposing a narrow version of itself on every tribe and village.

 It was an amazing trip, and one that eventually took on legendary status as an iconic Beat Voyage. Complete with photographs from Snyder’s personal collection, Passage Through India is an opportunity to join one of our most beloved poets on a great spiritual journey under “an eternal sky of stars, and on a beginningless earth.”

 

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