Ian Baker has lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, and been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for more than twenty years. He studied fine arts, literature, and comparative religion at Middlebury College, Oxford University, and Columbia University. He has written several books on Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, including The Tibetan Art of Healing, Celestial Gallery, and The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple: Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet. He is also the coauthor of Tibet: Reflections from the Wheel of Life and has contributed articles to Explorers Journal and National Geographic magazine. He currently divides his time among New York, Thailand, and the Himalayas.
The Heart of the World is among the most complex, compelling and satisfying adventure books I have ever read.... Baker has written one for the ages. --The San Francisco ChronicleUp to its chin in physical adventure. Reading the book is itself a big, almost a transcendent, experience. --Adventure Magazine