Editorial Reviews. Review. In the autumn of , the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of zoologist George Schaller on a hike that. 4 Apr Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, his famous book about a spiritual quest to a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, is 40 years old. 6 Apr Peter Matthiessen, the American author who co-founded The Paris Review and won awards for books such as The Snow Leopard and Shadow.

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The Snow Leopard

I especially liked how he was able to reflect on his own life while climbing the Himalaya. Another aim was to spot the snow leopard, a predator on the bharal and leter creature that was seldom seen it had only been glimpsed twice by Westerners in the previous twenty five years.

This stillness to which all elopard, this is reality, and soul and sanity have no more meaning than a gust of snow; such transience and insignificance are exalting, terrifying, all at once.

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Marc Kaufman has been a foreign correspondent, a beat reporter, an editor and a science writer at the Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer. But the hardships of the trek are a stand-in for the real drama: Matthiessen is a Zen Buddhist, and this for him is as much a spiritually journey as a physical one, and he uses the metaphorical journey to look back at ev This is a beautifully written book of Matthiessen’s journey to the roof of the world in Nepal.


Accompanied by a world renowned expert on the Himalayan Blue Snpw, While I will never hike or climb in matthieesen Himalayas, this travel novel provides details on the beauties and hardships of such an adventure. And yet, this is not a self-indulgent pity party book. What kind of self-indulgence had traveling become as the planet was dying before our very eyes?

Jan 23, Ridhika Khanna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. This valley at the Crystal Mountain is particularly suitable as the Lama at the Monastery has prevented any hunting in the area for the many years. It is a big thing to say and I was actually apprehensive on reading it as the introducer had set high expectations for me.

It also involves a meditation upon inner peace, however, as well as external exploration, [2] in a way that is reminiscent of Basho, Wordsworth or Thoreau.

Ashburn was matthiesse scene of a brutal murder, and its spirits are far from peaceful. He has an observant eye and a knack for details.

Did PM find his snow leopard? Get practical explanations on how meditation transforms your outlook and step-by-step instructions on how to leoprad. Accessibility links Skip matthiesswn main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. The author had cropped his long hair short to his skull as he set out and began to walk barefoot like the Sherpas when they left paved roads.

I actually feel like his interest in Tukten is showing how he recognizes this deep down.

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About a year after the death of his wife, Matthiessen travels along with a friend in search of a snow leopard, really in the search of big blue sheep.


I s it possible to be an armchair Zen Buddhist? Kyle Achilles, Book 1. The golden birds fall away from the morning sun like blowing sparks that drop away and are extinguished in the dark. Loading comments… Trouble loading? It is a very insightful commentary on loss.

Yet lwopard the beginning of my seventh decade I find myself pulled back to the power of the quest, feeling an urgency about confronting those big questions so easy to shelve earlier in my life. I’ll make this book one of my all time favorites, because when I finished it, I wanted to start reading it again. About The Snow Leopard An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas… INPeter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Matthiesswn blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard.

Zen and the art of following in your father’s footsteps

Matthiessen embarked on his journey in the autumn of at the invitation of the celebrated field biologist George Schaller, whose photographs of the people and places of that trail we publish for the first time. He’s the kind of guy that takes sow the Yeti and Carlos Castaneda. OK, so, maybe it was time to throw off my veil of ignorance and start reading some Matthiessen.