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An Inner Journey
Paperback Book
Thames and Hudson
September, 2010
$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This book is a moving visual journey into the heart of Buddhist spirituality and into the daily life and festivals of people in the Tibetan interior. Matthieu Ricard has lived in Nepal for over thirty years, and has forged close ties with some of Buddhism’s greatest spiritual masters, from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for whom he is the official French interpreter. Ricard’s status as a monk and his knowledge of the Tibetan people and culture have opened many doors to him: he has been able to follow pilgrimages made by the great lamas of eastern Tibet; to bear witness to the artistry of wood-engravers at the gigantic, mysterious Dege printing press; and to meet hermit monks in extremely remote regions of Kham. These experiences and many others are recorded here in 191 sublime color photographs.

Tibet is the Roof of the World, a place where you feel that you are in the sky just as much as you are on the earth. The intense blueness of space contrasts sharply with the deep green of eastern Tibet’s rolling grasslands and the mineral colors of the west with its expanses of barren rock. For over a thousand years, Buddhist culture has been at the heart of Tibetan society, and anyone who has traveled across the high plateaux will understand how this contemplative civilization flourished in a landscape of such vastness.

In this paperback edition of Tibet: An Inner Journey, Ricard seeks to bear witness to all that survives of that ancient world—a world capable of making a valuable contribution to contemporary life.

Ricard’s amazing photographs are the heart of this book, which a San Francisco Chronicle reviewer calls “a unique combination of intimate close-ups, awe-inspiring landscapes, and ancient religious rituals. Unbelievably colourful.”

Publisher’s Description: 

"[Ricard's] sensitive and joyful pictures are informed by his love of the region, its people and their religion."--San Francisco Chronicle

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