The classic account of a woman's extraordinary journey to Tibet
Alexandra David-Neel was one of the great travel writers and an authority on Tibetan Buddhism, her writings on Buddhism became a great influence on writers such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. She continued to travel and write until her death at 101 years old.
Precisely the person to explore Tibet... Her accounts of Tibetan
religious ceremonies and beliefs are the fullest and best we have.
-- The New Yorker * . *
A line of women explorers (have) won adulation in far-flung lands... Perhaps the most extraordinary of all was Alexandra David-Neel, the French-Belgian explorer, who travelled to the closed city of Lhasa, and became a Buddhist mystic in the early 20th century. -- The Times * . *
Wonderfully lucid. -- Alan Watts * . *
A fascinating account of the spiritual training of Tibetan monks and mystics... an intriguing book... A true travel classic that will enchant thinkers and adventurers alike. -- Geographical * . *
David-Neel's trailblazing travels were driven by curiosity and deep-seated Buddhist spirituality... Her writings blend descriptions of extraordinary psychic exercises and Bon sorcery... with accounts of the wonders and rigours of early 20th-century travel in remote regions. -- Wanderlust * . *