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Pilgrim of the Clear Light - The Biography of Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz [Kindle Edition]

Ken Winkler
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Dr. Walter Evans-Wentz spent his life in the study of religion. His passion led him to Stanford, where he earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in the field.
Well-known for his work in Tibetan Buddhism and Celtic folklore, he also explored the link between Native American spirituality and Tibetan mysticism.
His studies were more than scholarly pursuits; he was deeply entrenched in the life and ways of Tibetan Buddhism.
Evans-Wentz devoted his life to the study of Tibetan Buddhism and was the first scholar to bring this religion to the Western world.


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Ken Winkler lived and worked in Asia for over eight years with the U.S. Peace Corps in India, and teaching in Bangkok and Chiangmai, Thailand. He has also been a social worker concerned with the care of refugees.

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  • File Size: 2126 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: booksmango; 2 edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EYRK898
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a new publication of Ken Winkler's first book, the biography of Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz. A scholar from Stanford and Oxford universities, this remarkable figure is most known for his work as the pioneer translator of the Tibetan Book of the Dead (also known as the "Bardo Thodol"), making it accessible to the Western world. Before his death in 1965 near San Diego, California, Dr. Evans-Wentz spent a lifetime searching for spirituality and truth. His life and travels took him from America to Europe, the Far East and Mexico, including time in India and Tibet. As told through novelist and biographer Ken Winkler's lively and familiar prose, this honest and human story of a man from another era continues to inspire.
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The widely-traveled American scholar and seeker Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz (1878-1965) lived a long and varied existence that was a far-flung pilgrimage of the body, the mind, and the spirit. His deep and scattered interests included among other things Celtic animistic religions, Tibetan Buddhism, and the sacred mountains of the Native Americans - all serious subjects he not only wrote extensively and originally about, but invested his whole being in. Kenneth D. Winkler has written a unique, clear and concise account of Evan-Wentz's life and works that should be of great interest to all for whom the many paths of spirituality are of importance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Strange Trip January 10, 2014
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I hadn't planned to buy the whole book on Kindle-but after the first chapter I was drawn in.
This well researched book not only tells of the life and thoughts of Evan-Wentz, it evokes a time and place when travelers and thinkers of the West began exploring the cultures and philosophies of the East as well as the older worlds of pre-Christain Europe and Native Americans. The author captures the restlesness of this wandering scholar who never quit seems to find a home, either in in India or the West. This book is certainly for anyone who enjoyed the fictional journeys portrayed by Somerset Maughan in The Razor's Edge.
While I'm giving the book the highest rating based on the clear writing and the research that went into the book, I have to note that the author seems somewhat unhappy that his subject was more a scholar of Buddhism rather then a Buddhist scholar. Evans-Wentz apparently preferred to pick and chose his philosophy (a la carte stye) and had more of an attachement to a sort of New Age/Theosophic viewpoint then the author might have wished. (Which ironically adds another reason to read this book since Evans-Wentz helped mold the thinking of American popular culture).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evans-Wentz, Pilgrim of the clear light August 27, 2013
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This is a concise and quick read with much meat to it, giving insight into a unique person in a recent historical period the like of which we will only experience through writings presented here. Winkler also provides references for classic books that are still available and worthy of adding to one's library. Pilgrim of the clear light should be recommended reading for those interested in anthropology, comparative religions, psychology, and the numinous event.
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This translator has been unfairly maligned by other critics he melted the ice of tibetian tranlation with lama kazi - he was the curve not only way ahead of knowing it value to the world - his ground breaking translations an patronage opened the doors to the snow land
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