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Rijumati's long journey took him through many countries, cultures, and climates, and he writes with veracity and verve about the places he passed through and the diverse people he met. Once you have started on this book you will find it difficult to put it down. --(Sangharakshita, author of The Rainbow Road and Facing Mount Kanchenjunga)
Rijumati Wallis currently lives in Barcelona where he is working to establish a new Buddhist centre in the city. Over the last 24 years he has studied, practised and taught Buddhism and meditation.
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9 June 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Highly recommended to any spiritual aspirant, especially those with a sense of adventure. Rijumati writes with aesthetic eloquence, but also with the gritty sincerity of a truth-seeker. His candour is refreshing and his courage engaging. His inner and outer explorations are approached with humility as well as humour – with appropriate awe of the simple as well as the immense. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
16 May 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book is a highly readable account of a voyage around the world. We get insights both into the author's character and many interesting chance encounters. We also get insights into a great variety of places from Kyrgyzstan to Cuba. What I found most valuable in the book is the author's account of his inner states and the transparency with which he reports his spiritual crises. The main weakness of the book is that it has been compiled from episodic letters which don't always fit together seamlessly, and we're sometimes expected to know about people we have not been introduced to. Nevertheless, it's a book I highly recommend.
13 April 2012
Pilgrimage to Anywhere Travelling with Rijumati on his epic round-the-world pilgrimage is a thoroughly engaging experience. He is a witty and good humoured travel companion, and a vivid writer, but his desire to find meaning in the journey makes this more than an enjoyable travelogue. Rijumati's honesty and perceptiveness take you right into his inner journey. Accompanying him through the many worlds he visits introduces us to the hard-wrought wisdom that comes through frustration, foolishness and setbacks as well as friendship, wonder and curiosity.
13 April 2012
The title of this book sums it up well. A true pilgrimage is about travelling in a state of mind that is open to wonder and the deep possibilities of life, and about letting yourself be affected by the journey itself, rather than a blinkered rush to arrive at some special 'holy place'. Rijumati knows this well, and in this engaging book we not only discover some out-of-the-way corners of the world, we also witness the impact of experiencing them on a perceptive 21st century pilgrim. In Rijumati's company, even the time going nowhere: the queuing and waiting in obscure backwaters of the world, is enjoyable and well-spent.
23 April 2012
Although I have not yet read the book, I know the writer and can vouch for his honesty, his care and his thoughfulness. I'm sure the book both expresses his love for and commitment to Buddhism. In reading it you'll get to know an impressive, kindly and intelligent man!
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