The Appearance Of Things by Vernon St. Clair CastleThe Appearance Of Things by Vernon St. Clair Castle

The Appearance Of Things

byVernon St. Clair Castle

Paperback | April 20, 2017

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   This is a true story, a call to come on a great adventure. More than a travel tale or memoir, it is an invitation to the very real possibility of freedom, always available, always here and now.

   In 1974, intrigued by accounts that spoke of the magic and mystery of Asia, a young man commenced an overland journey from Indonesia to Europe.

    His story is, in some ways, a “coming-of-age” narrative about a singular journey of discovery through Southeast Asia and India, across the Middle East to Greece. However, the movement from innocent abroad to cynical world traveler is interrupted in the Himalayas by a chance meeting with a Buddhist monk and the Dharma.

   The title of the book comes from Kalu Rinpoche, a Tibetan master.

   “We live in illusion, the appearance of things. There is a reality. You are that reality. When you see this, you realize you are nothing and being nothing, everything. That is all.”

    This is also a cautionary tale where “awakening” does not necessarily mean “wisdom in the world”.  As the Buddha is meant to have said, “Sometimes the closest you can get to the truth is in the knowing of what is not true.”

Vernon St. Clair Castle is a third generation Californian, born in 1951. He grew up in Los Angeles, California and attended UCLA as a pre-med student, graduating with a BS in Zoology and minor in Biochemistry. His family were ranchers in the northern reaches of Los Angeles County but after the death of his father in 1952, his mothe...
Title:The Appearance Of ThingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:556 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 1.13 inPublished:April 20, 2017Publisher:Vernon CastleLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0692881107

ISBN - 13:9780692881101

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1- Bali   pp.3-24

        Rod’s Story p. 12

        Boaties  P. 17

Chapter 2- Sumatra- pp. 27

         II- Prapat to Java – p. 58

Chapter 3- Java – P. 93

Chapter 4- Tanjung Benoa  P. 171

                     II- Back to Singapore P. 198

Chapter 5- Thaiupusam P. 212

Chapter 6- Phuket p. 236

        Cigarettes- P.265

Chapter 7 – Thai Time- P 276

Chapter 8 – Laos- p.316

         Luang Prabang- 352

Chapter 9 – Calcutta- P. 369

Chapter 10-Darjeeling and on to Kathmandu- p. 385

Chapter 11- Kathmandu -P. 391

Chapter 12- Back to Mother India- p.432

Chapter 13- Afghanistan- p. 485

Chapter 14- On to Greece p. 509

Epilogue- P. 543

Editorial Reviews

In his candid and intimate account Vernon meets his youthful self and others along a strange and exotic journey. A most welcome and satisfying contribution to the archives of self-discovery.” David Hornsby