Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal by Jeff GreenwaldShopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal by Jeff Greenwald

Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal

byJeff Greenwald

Paperback | August 22, 2014

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Jeff Greenwald's classic travelogue follows his quest for the perfect" Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters - from a passionate palmist to a flying lama - who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu's very first escalator). Greenwald doesn't shy away from Shangri-la's darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, thebook tells of the rampant corruption, art smuggling, assassination attempts and human right abuses that would ignite Nepal's violent "People Power" Revolution in April 1990.A new afterword by the author recounts Nepal's tumultuous recent history - including the massacre of the royal family - in vivid detail. And a new preface introduces this 25th anniversary edition with some thoughts about how Nepal, and travel writing, have evolved since the book's first publication.Shopping for Buddhas remains a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Nepal. "

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Jeff Greenwald is a writer, photographer, and performer. He is the author of six books, includingThe Size of the World, for which he created the first Internet travel blog. His work has appeared inWired, Salon, Smithsonian, Afar, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. Jeff serves as the executive director of the nonp...
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Title:Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in NepalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.13 × 0.63 inPublished:August 22, 2014Publisher:Travelers TalesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1609520947

ISBN - 13:9781609520946

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'A wonderful travel companion for anyone who wants to view afresh the wonders and oddness of humankind.'-Amy Tan, author ofThe Valley of Amazement'Jeff Greenwald could take a trip to Costco to buy socks, and I'd want to hear the story. A thousand thumbs up!'-Mary Roach, author ofGulp'ReadingShopping for Buddhas was a huge relief! Someone who loves the joyful Dharma still seeing the earthy humor in the behavior of Buddhists, who also just happen to be human!'-Robert Thurman, co-founder of Tibet HouseThe classic book on Nepal, deftly written with affection, respect, and much humor."-Tim Cahill, author ofPass the Butterworms'Kathmandu forged an unbreakable link to my innermost travel instincts on my first visit, over 40 years ago-and every time I open a copy of Jeff's magical book, I'm reminded exactly why.'-Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet Publications "