By Yangzom Brauen
A strong, emotional memoir and a unprecedented portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan girls whose lives are without end replaced whilst Chairman Mao's crimson military crushes Tibetan independence, sending a tender mom and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous trip around the snowy Himalayas towards freedom
Kunsang suggestion she may by no means depart Tibet. one of many country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a distant mountain village the place, as undefined, she entered the neighborhood nunnery. notwithstanding basic, Kunsang's lifestyles gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a feeling of the non secular in all issues. She married a monk, had youngsters, and lived in peace and prayer. yet no longer for lengthy. there has been a asserting in Tibet: "When the iron chicken flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans can be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every thing. while squaddies arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every little thing of their direction, Kunsang and her kin fled around the Himalayas simply to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced either her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, however the destiny held a rare flip of occasions that may eternally swap her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of an aesthetic younger Swiss guy lengthy enthusiastic about Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall immediately in love with Kunsang's younger daughter, Sonam, finally profitable her center and hand, and taking mom and daughter with him to Switzerland, the place Yangzom could be born.
Many tales lie hidden till the ideal individual arrives to inform them. In rescuing the tale of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mom, Yangzom Brauen has given us a booklet filled with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as permitting us a unprecedented and vibrant glimpse of existence in rural Tibet prior to the coming of the chinese language. most significantly, notwithstanding, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 robust, decided ladies who're associated through an unbreakable relatives bond.
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I don’t imagine it’s sturdy for it to be defined. ” the main she has ever informed me used to be that this actual meditation is a education for loss of life. Later, I learn that it teaches scholars to rework their our bodies and each a part of their selves into gentle in the interim whilst loss of life enters them, with a view to in achieving what's referred to as a rainbow physique. the sunshine meditation used to be now not the top point of contemplation that Kunsang’s guru had in shop for her and her fellow nuns. subsequent got here one other, tougher workout, taking the ladies into even lonelier geographical regions. It concerned going up into the mountains to meditate, clear of their tsampa sacks and the pots of scorching tea regularly simmering of their huts, distant from the guru who may perhaps resolution their non secular questions. sooner or later Kunsang used to be despatched with a small workforce of nuns excessive up the mountain, the place there has been in simple terms rock and scree and the occasional box of snow. Tibetans climb to such heights simply once they need to move a go to get to the subsequent valley or are on a pilgrimage. They by no means achieve this for recreation. They regard the excessive mountains as both sacred, within which case they stroll round them, or as harmful and dangerous, within which case they watch the icy giants with dread because the clouds chase earlier their peaks. Kunsang needed to ascend to this mountain global to meditate in a nation of semi-nudity suggested by means of her guru, targeting vacancy. She used to be to put aside all worldly accoutrements and only be herself. within the so much remoted, far away, and snowy aspect valley, the place she used to be guaranteed to be on my own, she was once to acknowledge that every little thing used to be an phantasm: her ego, her fellow humans, her atmosphere, the whole international. She was once to acknowledge that every thing was once empty, without which means of its personal. She used to be to acknowledge all issues, together with her suggestions, as items of her recognition: not anything used to be genuine, not anything existed—only vacancy, during which there have been no phrases or principles or items. My grandmother has consistently refused to discuss what occurred up there within the mountains. After it slow she used to be so chilly, she advised me, that she dressed back and went down the mountain, to the hut she had equipped, the place she resumed her daily meditation perform. within the mountains of Kongpo, the lengthy days of meditation have been interrupted in simple terms through the day-by-day teachings, by means of the sounds of the bone trumpets, through the gang recitations and making a song, and on occasion via herdsmen with their yaks passing through at a deferential distance. in the course of her years with Ape Rinpoche, Kunsang may occasionally move on pilgrimages and go back and forth to obtain teachings and initiations from different vital lamas. Her so much respected stopover at was once to Dudjom Rinpoche, a tulku who used to be then in place of dwelling at Thadul Barchu Lhakhang in Kongpo. A tulku is a sensible monk, a religious grasp who has not just completed knowledge during this lifestyles yet has additionally been well-known as a reincarnation of an past religious grasp. This such a lot excessive lama used to be thought of an instantaneous reincarnation of Shariputra, Buddha’s most crucial disciple, even if the realization dwelling inside of him had considering been via many different major incarnations, together with the various maximum professionals, yogis, and students, between them Shariputra and Saraha.