Mantras and Misdemeanours

An accidental love story

Vanessa Walker
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When Vanessa Walker stepped off a dusty bus into McLeod Gang (the home of the Dalai Lama) she was hoping to discover what lies at the heart of Buddhism. She never expected to fall in love, or to have a baby with a disrobed Tibetan monk. But sometimes karma can play funny tricks on a girl . . .

Nestled in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, McLeod Ganj is a town of quiet beauty and surprising violence, where reality has the wide-open sense of a dream. The home of the Dalai Lama, it is a place where a government consults an ancient oracle for matters of importance, monasteries flourish and people believe wholeheartedly in the truth of miracles.

Full of contradictions, it is also a place where monks sport the latest Nike trainers, where the Dalai Lama's brother struggles with his own inner demons, and where a divided town must choose between protesting the death sentence of a much-loved monk or joining a pelvis-thrusting Tibetan compere and his bevy of beauties at the Miss Tibet beauty pageant.

In this land of exile and political intrigue Vanessa Walker was a journalist in search of a story. She didn't go there looking for love, let alone a husband, and she certainly didn't plan on becoming pregnant. But sometimes karma works in mysterious ways

Tumultuous and funny, insightful and poignant, Mantras and Misdemeanours is a compelling journey to the heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

Author bio:

A practicing Buddhist, Vanessa Walker is the former Religious Affairs Writer on The Australian newspaper, and today lives in Auckland with her husband and their new-born son.

Category: Travel writing
ISBN: 9781741145830
Table Of Contents: Preface: Ants Across the World

1. My Himalayan Obsession

2. Moving On Up

3. When First We Meet

4. Choying's Escape

5. The Devil in the Detail

6. Of Marriage and Money

7. Divine Governance

8. A Belly Full

9. Mela Madness

10. Beauty and the Brutality

11. Realised Women

12. BuddhaAir

13. Respite in a Maroon-Coloured World

14. The Looming End

15. The Reluctant Rinpoche and Long Goodbyes



Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2006
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Travel writing