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Tracking Bodhidharma offers a previously unheard perspective on the life of Zen’s most important religious leader, while simultaneously showing how that history is relevant to the rapidly developing super-power that is present-day China. By placing Zen Buddhism within the country’s political landscape, Ferguson presents the religion as a counterpoint to other Buddhist sects, a catalyst for some of the most revolutionary moments in China’s history, and as the ancient spiritual core of a country that is every day becoming more an emblem of the modern era.
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By Giles on 01-06-14
Excellent in every way.
Would you listen to Tracking Bodhidharma again? Why?
There is a great deal to think about in the book - too much to absorb first time around.
What other book might you compare Tracking Bodhidharma to, and why?
Not sure - I haven't come across a book quite like this before.
What about George Backman’s performance did you like?
Sensitively read - with excellent Chinese pronunciation, which counts for a lot given the serious subject matter and poems etc that are included.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not practical really, or appropriate - but compelling anyway.
Any additional comments?
A very thoughtful and well written book, excellently read. The author can tackle serious themes, but also has a light touch when needed. The book not only told me a lot I didn't know about Zen (I knew next to nothing), but also a great deal about China - its culture, people, geography and history. You don't have to be a Buddhist or would-be Buddhist to enjoy and get a lot out of it.
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