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In socialism and Freemasonry to the teachings of the great sages of India and culminated in her initiation into the secret tantric practices of Tibetan Buddhism This book reveals the penetrating insight and courage of a woman who surmounted physical intellectual and social barriers to pursue her spiritual uest. Little did I know when I started this book that I would be hooked on this woman's life I have just ordered her book on her trek to Lhasa Her life and adventures and thirst for knowledge are almost unbelievable Even astonishing considering these treks took months and years and were done in winter and in the early 1900's Climbing in the Himalayas with a companion and a few others and enduring wretched conditions and danger from thieves soldiers let alone the weather conditions Alexandra was an exceptional woman at any time of history I learned so much about REAL Buddhism and her uest to understand it's transition from the old folkloric ways as it eased it's way into the modern era with a new Dali LamaEven if one is not interested in Buddhism the adventure of her long long life is worth reading

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Alexandra David Neel Portait of an AdventurerThis uniue biography explores the inner journey of a woman whose outer life was a thrilling story of passion and adventure Alexandra David Neel 1868–1969 born in Paris to a socially prominent family once boasted I learned to run before I could walk In the course of a lifetime of than one hundred years she wa. At an age when most women are considering retirement and spending time with grandchildren Alexandra wandered through Asia from Vietnam India Nepal Sikkim Bhutan Japan Korea China and ultimately to Tibet She rubbed elbows with maharajahs princes lamas and rogues all the while exploring wild and mountainous areas and studying ancient Buddhist scriptures in hope of greater understanding Today she would have been funded by great universities for her research and anthropological studies but women did not receive funding for such things in the early 1900's She was on her own except for the funds sent by her patient husband She was the first western woman to enter Lhasa to study and translate Sanskrit scriptures at the remote Kumbum monastery and the first to write 14 seminal volumes about Buddhism for European audiences an amazing woman

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Alexandra David Neel Portait of an Adventurer Read ↠ 104 ↠ This uniue biography explores the inner journey of a woman whose outer life was a thrilling story of passion and adventure Alexandra David Neel 1868–1969 born in Paris to a socially prominent family once boasted I learned to run before I could walk In the courseS an acclaimed operatic soprano a political anarchist a religious reformer an intrepid explorer who traveled in Tibet for fourteen years a scholar of Buddhism and the author of than forty books But perhaps the most intriguing of all her adventures was the spiritual search that led her from a youthful interest. Alexandra David Neel was a French aristocratic woman who lived from 1868 to 1969 Her adventures in Asia especially her 14 years in Tibet are well documented by herself and her biographers Ruth Middleton the author of this biography felt compelled to add another bio to explore the inner journey of a woman whose outer life was a thrilling story of passion and adventure That journey is Alexandra's spiritual trek that leads her to Tibetan Buddhism There is no uestion that Alexandra is an interesting intense and headstrong person She lived for 100 years and filled those years with a variety of professions studies very adept at languages writings and travel Middleton pursues the spiritual journey through Alexandra's diary letters to and from her and interviews particularly with Alexandra's last personal secretary who maintains Alexandra's archives It's is a fascinating story