By Yangzom Brauen
[i]A strong, emotional memoir and a unprecedented portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan ladies whose lives are without end replaced while Chairman Mao’s pink 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 inspiration she may 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. even though uncomplicated, Kunsang's lifestyles gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a experience of the non secular in all issues. She married a monk, had young children, and lived in peace and prayer. yet now not for lengthy. there has been a announcing in Tibet: "When the iron chicken flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans may be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every little thing. whilst infantrymen arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every little thing of their direction, Kunsang and her relatives fled around the Himalayas simply to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced both her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, yet the future held a rare flip of occasions that might ceaselessly swap her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of an aesthetic younger Swiss guy lengthy excited 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 may be born.
Many tales lie hidden till the ideal 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 e-book filled with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as allowing us a unprecedented and vibrant glimpse of existence in rural Tibet earlier than the coming of the Chinese. Most importantly, though, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 powerful, decided ladies who are linked by an unbreakable kinfolk bond.
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He concludes that the creation or adoption of Maháyána as a separate doctrinal system would not have constituted a schism. Some advocates of this view, such as Bechert and Paul Williams, claim that Maháyánists lived peacefully among other monks in their monastery. 5 Because of this tension, Maháyánists endured constant antagonism at the hands of their fellow monks. It was this constant persecution that led to the “embattled mentality ” found in such Maháyána texts as the Saddharmapuçfarôka. ”6 The second view is that early Maháyána was fostered not so much by the monks as by the laity.
According to this view, regardless of Maháyánists’ speciﬁc beliefs, they would have Walser,Nagarjuna in Context 2/9/05 10:50 AM  Page 18 Locating Maháyána taken the same vows, lived in the same monasteries, and received the same ordination as any other Buddhist monk. 4 For evidence, these scholars primarily cite the travel accounts of Yijing and Xuanzang, both of whom mention monasteries in which Maháyánists and non-Maháyánists lived and studied together. Furthermore, these scholars have also noted that few inscriptions in India used the word “Maháyána” as an adjective to describe a monastery or a saégha.
Maháyána would simply denote a speciﬁc doctrinal predilection among a smaller cohort of monks within of one of the existing sects. , a body of doctrine), as opposed to a nikáya, which denotes the full institutional apparatus, both material and ideological, of a‹liated monasteries. This hypothesis is the least controversial of prevailing theories and plays a central role in the argument presented here. According to this view, regardless of Maháyánists’ speciﬁc beliefs, they would have Walser,Nagarjuna in Context 2/9/05 10:50 AM  Page 18 Locating Maháyána taken the same vows, lived in the same monasteries, and received the same ordination as any other Buddhist monk.
Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom by Yangzom Brauen