A Daoist Journey into China: journal of a voyage into the interior

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A study of the Chinese concept of the dao ('the Way'), this unusual book is set against a 10,000-mile unescorted trip through the China of the 1980s, tinkling bicycles everywhere--no cars, no high rises and a typical income of $20 a month--were the norms. On a meditational journey that took him to temples and monasteries, Schwartz seeks to describe the experience of meditation from the 'inside.' More

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About Joel Schwartz

An award-winning playwright, Schwartz is the author of the novel "The Extraordinary Pupfish of Calaveras County." As a teenager, he became so fascinated with Chinese philosophy and poetry that he went on to study Mandarin and classical Chinese at Harvard. He lives in a redwood grove with his partner and their Queensland Heeler.


Review by: Steve Lehman on March 30, 2014 : (no rating)
Great read for anyone interested in China and/or Buddhism.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: Ruby on May 20, 2012 :
I found this fascinating if far too short. It is one short incident and I would love to get a chance to read the whole story. Hopefully he will expand on this at some point?
That he was an American and could "pass" the exam to stay in this Chinese monastery is quite an accomplishment. Again, I would love to hear more of his experiences.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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