Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits Paperback – 1 Jun 1993
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"[A] brilliant essay on the traditions of Chinese hermits, a startling reminder of how far we have gone astray. It should be a part of any serious Zen or Taoist library." -- Jim Harrison
"Bill Porter's "Road to Heaven" is a brilliant essay on the traditions of Chinese hermits, a startling reminder of how far we have gone astray. It should be a part of any serious Zen or Taoist library." --Jim Harrison
Bill Porter's "Road to Heaven" is a brilliant essay on the traditions of Chinese hermits, a startling reminder of how far we have gone astray. It should be a part of any serious Zen or Taoist library. Jim Harrison" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Steven R. Johnson is a leading photographer, specializing in landscapes of China and his work is included in books including "The Road to Heaven". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The paperback (1993) edition contains 220 numbered pages, numerous photographs and illustrations, a list of Chinese dynasties and republics, and 12 chapters:
1) Hermit Heaven.
2) Mountains of the Moon.
3) If the World is Muddy.
4) On the Trail of the Tao.
5) Sound of the Crane.
6) Road to Heaven.
7) Cloud People.
8) The Bird That Is the Mountain.
9) Crossing Heartbreak Ridge.
10) Home of the Evening Star.
11) Visiting Wang Wei, Finding Hime Gone.
12) When the Tao Comes to Town.
This book firmly establishes the fact that despite the political upheavel China and her people have experienced over the last 100 years, and despite the changes in ideology, nevertheless, the tradition of the Chinese hermit still persists. Porter describes how he encountered an old man living in a cave who had been there since 1939, and had never heard the name 'Mao Zedong'. The local villagers supported him with food and clothing.Read more ›
Porter travels between numerous monasteries-turned-tourist-destinations enquiring as he goes about those who have fled the noise of modernity and taken up the eremitic lifestyle. His successes are few but fascinating, as Porter follows his leads off the beaten path and treks across forbidding landscapes in search of hermits that preserve a bit of ancient China, recluses whom China's Cultural Revolution has passed by unnoticed (like the monk who wonders about this 'Chairman Mao' Porter keeps mentioning). In the end, Porter's book reflects what you'd expect of China's Buddhist and Taoist hermits: They are few and far between, and their homes remote and well isolated. But the few treasures that Porter does uncover makes his book well worth the read.
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