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Wish it was more detailed but a good read.
on 13 January 2014
I enjoy tales of those who follow the spiritual path. Generally these either follow the format of a travel book, where a lot of attention is given to planning the trip, getting there, motivation, finding the teacher etc... Or they tend to follow the format of a training diary with detailed descriptions of training etc.
This book didn't quite tick either box for me. It's well written but the author seems focused a lot on "what it is to be a woman" and the effect of renunciation on her own love life.
I would have preferred a more detailed description of what she was learning (as in "opening the dragon gate" by Kaiguo Chen) or a more detailed, autobiographical account of her fascinating journey. (as in "fourth uncle in the mountain" by Quang van Nguyen)
Nevertheless it's a good read and there are too few books that document genuine teachers and traditions in this day and age.