By Yangzom Brauen
[i]A robust, emotional memoir and a unprecedented portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan girls whose lives are perpetually replaced while Chairman Mao’s purple military crushes Tibetan independence, sending a tender mom and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous trip around the snowy Himalayas towards freedom
[/i]Kunsang idea she might 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. although basic, Kunsang's existence gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a feel of the religious in all issues. She married a monk, had kids, and lived in peace and prayer. yet no longer for lengthy. there has been a announcing in Tibet: "When the iron poultry flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans should be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every little thing. whilst squaddies arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every little thing of their course, Kunsang and her relatives fled around the Himalayas purely to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced both her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, yet the future held a unprecedented flip of occasions that may eternally swap her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of an aesthetic younger Swiss guy lengthy thinking about Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall immediately in love with Kunsang's younger daughter, Sonam, ultimately profitable her center and hand, and taking mother and daughter with him to Switzerland, the place Yangzom can be born.
Many tales lie hidden till the perfect 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 ebook jam-packed with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as allowing us an extraordinary and shiny glimpse of existence in rural Tibet sooner than the coming of the Chinese. Most importantly, though, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 robust, made up our minds ladies who are linked by an unbreakable relatives bond.
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Still, these other narratives function in a comparable way as aids for the cultivation of a sense of sympathy toward those who are quite different from oneself. As is probably well known, both experientially and theoretically, to all readers, through narrative we are able to imagine ourselves in the place of another. It might also be said that when, in reading, we leave aside our own social location, with its constitutive cares and perspectives, and enter imaginatively into the experience of a character in a narrative, we cultivate capabilities that are necessary to all moral agency.
But the very rigor of this doctrine of total self-reliance has called into being an alternate, parallel system, by which there are ways out. If doctrine cannot get rid of these ways out, it has to ignore them or, better, to reinterpret them. The transfer of merit to one's dead parents and the expectation that one will, in tum, receive merit from one's children is an excellent example of this alternate system and of its reinterpretation. Finally, let me put it another way. The original doctrine of karma solved the intellectual problem of evil, but the solution was too perfect for emotional comfort, because it makes all suffering one's own fault.
While there is also considerable 37 BUDDHISM IN SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA evidence that raises important doubts about the general accuracy of this composite interpretive model, it is now so embedded in the general scholarly consensus about what constitutes proper Buddhist thought that it has become completely naturalized in the scholarly literature about Buddhism. As a result, while Buddhist story literature has been analyzed sociologically, often with great sensitivity and insight, rarely has any serious attention been given to the ethical significance of either the form or the content of the stories themselves.