Yak Butter Blues

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Tibetan Trek of Faith 3. What does it take to survive? More than you could fathom. Join a tenacious man, woman and their Tibetan horse as they set off to become the first Western couple to trek an ancient kilometer trail across the wilds of Tibet. Their incredible odyssey provides a riveting tale o What does it take to survive? Their incredible odyssey provides a riveting tale of human endurance and an intimate first-hand look at the valiant struggle of the Tibetan culture to survive - as well as at the humanity connecting us all.

Recommended for adventure travel and Tibetan culture collections. It is also a highly spiritual story of faith which reminds us that nothing is really impossible Worth a read by any adventure or travel-trekking novel enthusiast. Yak Butter Blues flickers insistently like a flashbulb afterimage in the mind long after the book is tucked away.

It places the reader in the thick of the action every bit as well as Marco Polo transported Italians to China and, as it seems to me, better than Lowell Thomas led readers in the dust of Lawrence of Arabia. This book is a treasure to the Tibetan people and to the rest of the world.


It gives us a true glimpse of Tibet and captures a beautiful land and culture that may not be around in years to come. Published November 3rd by Pilgrim's Tales, Inc. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Yak Butter Blues , please sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Apr 04, Harpmary rated it really liked it Shelves: A Tibetan Trek of Faith An engaging and intriguing book that had me captivated. I finished it in less than 24 hours. The book is more of a travelogue and less a description of a spiritual journey. The author and his wife, who are both professional trekkers is there such a thing as professional trekkers? They experience the adven Yak Butter Blues: They experience the adventure of a lifetime - generous, but impoverished Tibetans, gun-toting Chinese soldiers, gentle monks, freezing snow and ice at passes above 16, feet, illness, fatigue, semi-starvation, and dehydration - all for the sole purpose of experiencing the "trek" in the mysterious country of Tibet.

At times I was dismayed by the author's consistently western attitude toward things. Perhaps I err on the side of being too serious sometimes, but I found the author's habit somewhat bothersome of giving sometimes pejorative nicknames to those he meets along the road.

And his descriptions are sometimes tinged with condescension. For example, rather that simply stating that a Tibetan's hair was greased with yak butter, he describes a young man's hair being slicked back with 'yak butter pomade". The imagery presented with this statement conveys so much more - and perhaps someone reading this book from purely a literary perspective would appreciate it. Mama, her face and arms blackened from years of cooking over a dung fire, greeted us with cha.

After Cheryl and I had enjoyed a cold jug of chang , our host returned for a little pre-dinner trading. First he pointed to my feet then to his own Tibetan boots. They were beautifully crafted in black and red felt, running halfway up his shins, and trimmed in brilliant embroidery with yak leather soles.

I was tempted to swap. Unfortunately they were at least three sizes too large. Although he smiled and seemed to understand, he persisted, drawing a beautifully woven yak hair donkey bridle with brass bell off his cluttered wall. But to us, considering our recent experience, that seemed like a ridiculous traveling accessory. Eventually, as our host became resigned to the fact we had nothing to trade, the benevolent family invited us to join them on rug-draped beds circling their dung fire in their typical combination kitchen, living-room and bedroom.

It was nearly pitch-black inside.

Dinner was unusually silent, interrupted only by approving grins, eager slurps and quiet gnawing. At last, after gratefully sharing meager sustenance around their fire, that former monk solemnly led us to his most special place, his meditation chamber.

Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith

The miniscule, musty room was softly illuminated by the glow of a yak butter lamp. Shadows created saints and demons upon primitive mud walls. The air was awash with sandalwood incense.

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Photos of the Dalai Lama, shrouded in sacred khata cloths, flooded the walls. Interspersed between these were well-worn snapshots of the Panchen Lama, former Dalai Lamas and even treasured photos of our host in his younger days as a monk. A crowded, yet simple wooden altar held other cherished objects of his faith: It also cradled his prayer wheel whose metal cylinder, inscribed with prayers, was rubbed smooth by years of sacred devotion.

Stepping outside to wintry stillness, we gazed toward a zillion stars.

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Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith is a nonfiction travel narrative by American writer Brandon Wilson set in Tibet. Contents. 1 Summary; 2 Awards; 3 See. Yak Butter Blues [Brandon Wilson] on prog40.ru *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What does it take to survive? More than you could fathom.

Silently I thanked God we found the holy man, or that he found us. And I earnestly prayed his dorje still had some magic left in it. Review "Wilson observes the impact of the Chinese occupation on the daily lives of Tibetans Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.

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If you love adventure travel to far reaching places, do not miss this wonderful book or for that matter any of Brandon Wilson's books. I loved every minute of reading and much anticipation to learn more about the people, their culture and Brandon's challenges. Good travel story about the hardships faced while traveling in Tibet on a shoestring.

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I would recommend the book. I wouldn't recommend doing the journey. Tibet is amazing and the people wonderful as you will learn by reading this short Book. Rebecca of Amazon Top Contributor: Bleak hills, stark villages and clumsy yaks were all dusted, purified, with a powdered frosting, a serene fantastic vision, we finally faced our long sought after mind'e eye illusion of Shangri La; one destined to disappear with the rising sun.

In Brandon Wilson's Yak Butter Blues world, we slip into a meditative journey complete with vivid details of Tibetan culture. Undaunted by the insurmountable challenges, Brandon Wilson and his wife Cheryl traverse a mysterious world braving harsh climates as they trek across an ancient pilgrimage trail.

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This exploration of desolate landscapes takes them from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal. Along the way they try to embrace their journey with a sense of spiritual purpose as they first enter into a world of incense and religious ceremony at the Potala Palace and then find the exploration turning to pure survival, guided by the kindness of local people along the way.

Jade ferns gently wreathed clusters of rust hued boulders. Glistening steel blue waters rushed below us, engulfing us in their peaceful pulse, while the lonely cry of a spiraling hawk pierced the thin air above.

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Yak Butter Blues is an authentic travelogue and odyssey across miles of life changing landscapes and opportunities for memorable photographs. Sadhu, the horse who makes their journey possible captured my heart and the conclusion was more emotional than I expected. Told with vivid freshness and an inspiring sense of wonder, Yak Butter Blues is the real-life story of probably the first Western couple to have hiked across Tibet. Their journey begins in Lhasa and ends 1, kilometers and about 40 days later in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Many obstacles face Brandon and Cheryl from the start. In fact, the journey itself seems impossible, but nothing gets in the way of their determination and admirable spirit of adventure. Crossing the Himalayas with their benevolent horse Sadhu, they challenge hunger, ferocious winds, stifling and freezing temperatures, and torturous high altitudes. They sleep wherever the night takes them-to local villagers, monks, potato patches, tack rooms, freezing hotel rooms.