Published by Chicago University Press in January 2014, “Grains of Gold: Tales of a Cosmopolitan Traveler” is an English translation of Gendun Chopel’s travelogue through India.
From the Chicago University Press website:
Now available for the first time in English, Grains of Gold is a unique compendium of South Asian and Tibetan culture that combines travelogue, drawings, history, and ethnography. Gendun Chopel describes the world he discovered in South Asia, from the ruins of the sacred sites of Buddhism to the Sanskrit classics he learned to read in the original. He is also sharply, often humorously critical of the Tibetan love of the fantastic, bursting one myth after another and finding fault with the accounts of earlier Tibetan pilgrims. Exploring a wide range of cultures and religions central to the history of the region, Gendun Chopel is eager to describe all the new knowledge he gathered in his travels to his Buddhist audience in Tibet.
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Read a review of “Grains of Gold” by Tibetan blogger Mountain Phoenix Over Tibet: http://mountainphoenixovertibet.blogspot.com/2014/07/book-review-grains-of-gold-by-gedun.html