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The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place Hardcover – November 4, 2004
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He trekked into the mountains outside Kathmandu to find the sage, an old man with a long white beard, sitting in a small cabin on the skin of a goat. Baker asked for guidance on how to find a sacred Tibetan land, and the sage told him about a cave where he should first go meditate alone for a month. Baker complied. He even stayed an extra week.
Back at his home in Kathmandu, Baker studied Tibetan and Western texts about searches for the `hidden lands.' He zeroed in on a mysterious section of the Tsangpo River had for centuries tantalized explorers who were seeking a mythic waterfall. None had been able to find it, and Baker now wanted to try. Battling rough terrain and political obstacles, Baker traveled repeatedly into Tibet, a forbidding land of mountainous desert and striking Himalayan peaks. Each voyage was an exhausting ordeal, yet each one brought Baker circling a little closer to his prized goal, the unseen waterfall.
In his marvel-filled book, Baker tells a story of uncompromising pursuit of hidden lands, and the spiritual adventures he has along the way. It is a remarkable tale, lyrically written in a way that captures the magic of wilderness travel.Read more ›
I'm reading another customer's review of this book and wondering what could have inspired such a person to be interested in anything beyond the most well-trod spring-break hot-spots of the so-called civilized world -- I will say that if you're looking for a "travel log" as that reviewer is, you'd be better off watching "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous". If you're looking for the truly extraordinary, check out "The Heart of the World".
I kept feeling as if there was something missing. It wasn't his writing style, he is an accomplished wordsmith....then it suddenly occurred to me.... most of his characters had no depth. I want to know about more than the history of the quest and the geography and that he struggled through difficult terrain. I wanted to know about the numerous porters who went with him. Who were these people of the Tsangpo? I wanted to know about his companions. I wanted to know more about his and other's feelings and thoughts, I wanted to feel his heart beating through the work.
For instance in his first adventure there was a woman named Jill who suffered right along with him. We know nothing of her. In the second part all of a sudden they are without their glued on Chinese escort ...no explanation until they are into their 3rd or fourth adventure. Then it is mentioned in passing. He gets better in the second adventure, but in the third lapses back into his cerebral intellectual form.... In the second there is a great story taken from the diary of one of his companions about how a Lama who has decided to go with them navigates a particularly difficult obstacle on the path. I would have liked to have had more of that.
He speaks of love and compassion, but I don't see him ACTING with love and compassion. His poetic knowledge and depth of scholasticism is awe inspiring, but I would like to feel his heart.Read more ›
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An amazing, mind-blowing book that delves insightfully into the heart of pilgrimage, particularly from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective.Published 3 months ago by surfingon
This book is amazing. I am thankful for adventurous souls. This book is true adventure of discovery of hidden places and adventure for the soul. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marian E. Nelson
I simply can't get enough of this book. I've read it twice and am about to start my third reading. Baker's writing is magical as I would imagine from his YouTube posts, he is as... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Douglas Cook
Fantastic adventure written with keen insight into the Vajrayana.Published 14 months ago by Jim McCann
Lovers of spiritual travelogues will love this book. Highly recommended.Published 16 months ago by Alansky
Crowley, Vivianne. “Review: 'The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet’s Last Paradise' by Ian Baker, Introduction by H.H. The Dalai Lama. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Vivianne Crowley