A Mountain in China by Veena Schlegel

By Veena Schlegel

‘A Mountain in China’ is the attention-grabbing account of an English woman’s travels to track Mountain, in Henan Province, China. half memoir, half travelogue, Veena Schlegel takes us to the center of what has made this mountain a spot of pilgrimage for millenia. The peaks and valleys of music Mountain gave shelter to Taoist mystics lengthy ahead of it grew to become referred to as the house of Shaolin Kungfu. within the 6th century CE, it additionally gave beginning to what we now confer with as Zen Buddhism, recognized in China as Chan, after the enlightened Indian grasp, Bodhidharm, contemplated there by myself for 9 years in a secluded cave on considered one of its peaks.
Living in a small village within the mountain's foothills, the writer explored this little-known a part of China over numerous years, and exposed a few of its ancient and religious history in addition to its ties to her personal religious grasp, Osho. She discovered in regards to the neighborhood customs and traditions, and shared the turmoil and pleasure of lifestyle within the village. She encountered Qigung and Kungfu masters, scholars and seekers who had by no means met a westerner earlier than, and felt the heartbreak many visitors will realize as glossy China unavoidably clashes with its historic historical past. In 2010, the mountain and the non secular and old monuments hooked up to it, was once specific a UNESCO global history Site.
'A Mountain in China' is a narrative of a love affair with a mountain − an intimate and infrequently hilarious glimpse into the interior international of a seeker who has been at the direction of Zen for greater than 40 years.

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