Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits

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  • Title: Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits
  • Author: Bill Porter Steven R. Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781562790417
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Great interviews on with Chinese hermits on Taoist and Buddhist practice and philosophy Porter conveys the glad search for the remaining hermits and their remote temples and caves this tradition hangs on, and there are masters in the mountains than he d thought On the other hand, there s a sad note as the remaining hermits all tell him their tradition is a waning one The Red Army destroyed most of mountain temples and monasteries that served as base camps for the isolated hermits Some are being [...]


  2. I have heard of this book in a quote long ago, but not until last summer holiday did I take time to read the ebook with lots of mountain maps The American author, as well as his friend photographer, made efforts to interview and live together with current Chinese Hermits, even some of them have been over 80.I learned about the concept of hermits from Classical Chinese works, especially during Wei jin and the northern and southern dynasties In Chinese, there is a phrase called , which is normally [...]


  3. This book changed my life when I read it back in 96 or 97 and I ve re read it many times Since then, I ve really come to enjoy Bill Porter s work, especially his many fine Chinese translations under the name Red Pine.


  4. Didn t finish the book The premise of the book is strange to begin with Are there hermits in China wonders Bill Porter They discover to their delight that there are, and so, two Western men set out to encounter hermits in the Zhongnan mountains of China I mean, why shouldn t there be any hermits in China Did he think the Communists killed them all or re educated them all to be less anti social Did he think that there were no places in China that hermits could escape to that were untouched by Com [...]


  5. The first foray into an unknown field of research is a challenge Much of the time is spent searching out false leads and running into dead ends Up one hill only to notice several hills that follow in the distance Promising lands up close are disappointing and barren You are running half blind folded and grasping at whatever possible trail you pick up This was the feeling gathered from Bill Porter s Road to Heaven Encounters with Chinese Hermits Anxious to find his quarry of modern mountain hermi [...]


  6. Just an ok book So much of the book gets bogged down in the author traveling around I went hereup this mountainere were these trees here.I just skipped ahead to the encounters with the hermits That was the best part.


  7. I would have liked conversations with the hermits, rather than detailed directions for tourists The history is laid out incoherently half the time.


  8. This book is a travelogue in a way A description of one man s quest, in the late 80 s and early 90 s, to encounter Chinese Hermits China has a long religious hermit tradition, of people, principally but not exclusively monks, who would go into the mountains for solitude and to seek The Way Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian Scholarly exiles, all historically left their mark on China and there is a long standing tradition of respect for the Hermit.So the quest to find hermits in the modern day, after th [...]


  9. After the Cultural Revolution in China, no one believed that Chinese hermits still lived in the Chungnan mountains the traditional place of hermits.Bill Porter described in Road to Heaven Encounters with Chinese Hermits his journey in 1989 to the Chungnan mountains, where he have met dozens of monks and nuns, who have continued to lead a solitary life in contemplation and faith Next to a report of the journey, this book includes to some extend an excellent study of the history, the sociology and [...]


  10. After the Cultural Revolution in China, no one believed that Chinese hermits still lived in the Chungnan mountains the traditional place of hermits.Bill Porter described in Road to Heaven Encounters with Chinese Hermits his journey in 1989 to the Chungnan mountains, where he have met dozens of monks and nuns, who have continued to lead a solitary life in contemplation and faith Next to a report of the journey, this book includes to some extend an excellent study of the history, the sociology and [...]


  11. The antiquity of many traditions and things in China is sometimes hard to fathom This is true for the still extant, but almost extinguished, hermit tradition there that reaches back into a past when myth and history mingle together There is much for those of us living in the world to learn from those living outside it The thread that runs through the hermit tradition is the idea of being able to engage with the world and see it clearly by disengaging from it The ancient tradition saw this diseng [...]


  12. I remember my elation the first time I read this book and my amazement that there could still be hermits living in mountainous areas of China even after the Cultural Revolution when so much of the country s spiritual heritage was destroyed Bill Porter s book is all the powerful and convincing because he approached the hermits with humility and respect and does not treat them as curiosities from an alien world A fascinating and thoroughly worthwhile adventure for anyone interest in this subject. [...]


  13. Fabulous book, and curiously, perhaps by design, reads as if it were written yesterday, though it has been thirty odd years since the events chronicled in it took place I read it, and though I found some of the Chinese name pronunciations difficult, I learned alot about Chinese culture and the influence of Taoism, Buddhism and local Shamanic traditions have had on China s history It is a book that will be reread, for there are some great interviews from which teachings can be gleaned It is a rea [...]


  14. I m not sure what I was expecting here On one level, this is the story of two trips to the mountains of China around the time of Tiananmen Square protests he wasn t involved in them, but it does cast a shadow over his search, and makes the periodic appearance of government officials ominous But intertwined with his personal narrative is a lot of history politics, Taoism, and Buddhism in China over the past two thousand plus years All very interesting, but sometimes overwhelming The photographs [...]


  15. I thought I wanted to become a monk, so I read this book Turns out it is kind of a boring life and I m an over stimulated American who occassionally gets driven crazy The people in this book are exactly like you might imagine if you have lived in Boulder for any length of time they talk about the Tao, how all things are one, the peace that comes with meditatingEven in the various interviews with the monks, they are all basically the same Intriguing in one way that they are exactly how we would i [...]


  16. Bill Porter, who goes by the name Red Pine for his translation work, has thoroughly entertained me with this book, while also opening up a world that I didn t know still existed I ve been to China dozens of times for business, and yet the modern hermit tradition is news to me And connecting these hermits to the old ways and the old poets Li Bai, Wang Wei, and others makes this a fascinating read.


  17. I read Zen Baggage A Pilgrimage to China a few years ago and was blown away by Porter s easygoing style and his eye for detail Road to Heaven feels like a much earlier work which it is it lays less of Porter bare for the reader, offers less insight in China s Buddhist history, and seems to cover a less ground.


  18. This is an amazing first person account of traveling through contemporary China in search of present day hermits Red Pine writes with authority, elegance, and love This is indispensable for anyone interested in world religions and or the poetry of ancient China, so much of which connects to the hermit tradition.


  19. Intriguing descriptions of, and interviews with, modern day post Cultural Revolution Taoist hermits living in spectacular mountain caves and hidden temples of China what s not to like First person narrative of a journey, written by a white western man who is fluent in the language, studied in a Buddhist monastery for years, and who lives in Hong Kong and Taipei.


  20. A travelogue rather than a focus on Taoist philosophy Interesting to see that hermits are not fully secluded, that they move from place to place and that they routinely have visitors For no other reason, this book provides insight into Taoist dedication and how the Way is followed by some Chinese hermit nuns monks Beautiful photos in bw.


  21. The second time through, this book was better than I remember it the first time As a travelogue, it is astonishing As an account of contemporary hermits in China, it is mind boggling I recommend it highly.


  22. Fantastic, very real account of visiting and learning from Buddhist and Taoist hermits in the sacred mountains of Hua Shan, China I love this book Every time I read it, it feels like I am back in China.


  23. Took me a while to get into properly, but ignore the directions and the cast is fascinating An introduction to types of buddhism zen taoism, set in the context of a rapidly changing, emerging China Will read again.


  24. This is great stuff if you re interested in eastern religions and the great wacked fanatics that practice it with complete dedication like the people here do It s a fun read, and satisfyingly edifying I just wish I didn t have pressing stuff to read at the moment


  25. Read the Chinese version Hope I can find English version to read again later Can t believe that Bill Porter knows China so well




  26. This book is amazing Great stories, lots of learning, just straight up non fiction not very exciting on the action o meter.



  27. An awesome portrait of many encounters with Taoist monks I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book.


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