Mixed bag, Quote

Surfing the Himalayas

“Only the enlightened are happy,
because their happiness is not predicated
upon the events and experiences
that take place in this world.”

Frederick Lenz


9339Choosing a book by its cover…

I have never been to the Himalayas, and I like to read a good adventure book. Boy was I surprised by this book. Without giving away anything, it was an enjoyable, possibly enlightening read.

“Surfing the Himalayas” by Frederick Lenz

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8 thoughts on “Surfing the Himalayas

  1. Intriguing title.

    (and since it mentions 2 of my favourite subjects, The Himalayas and Buddhism, it’s going on my ‘reading list’) 🙂

  2. I’ll try and remember.
    But first, the weather forecast is for 3 dry days and minimal wind and I can hear the birds calling me for some photography time outdoors. It’s rather eerie – the sound of no wind and just bird calls in this new location.
    We’ve had gale force winds and rain for most of the 5 weeks since I moved so outdoor time has been scarce. Weird weather we’ve been having.

  3. Just received my Amazon order from the U.S. (which included Surfing the Himalayas). Decided to start reading the book first, to see what Lenz’s style of writing was like and within a very short time, I’m up to p17. At this rate I will have finished by the end of the day, despite having less than perfect eyesight with my current glasses which has made reading slow and laborious in recent years.

    I used to be a speed reader and it would be nothing for me to read 8-9 books a week back in the days when I wore bi-focal contact lenses pre 2010.

    This morning, I feel like I’m reading a fiction novel aimed at a teenager, it’s so simple in sentence structure – hardly the style of a PhD in English Literature (as Lenz was). I suspect Lenz wrote this book in his youth?

    As a long-time reader of Buddhist philosophy, Biographies and travel books/dvds on Tibet, I am a little bewildered by his term ‘Buddhist Yoga’ The word ‘Yoga’ seems out of place, but then his forward does explain that this is a work of fiction (based on his travels and fact). Perhaps this was his first book?

    This in turn led me to quickly Google ‘Frederick Lenz’ and discovered that he took his own life in 1998 – hardly the act of a Buddhist (who value life above all else).

    I daresay I’ll find Lenz’s writing entertaining and even amusing, but hardly a serious book on Tibetan Buddhism or Zen, merely lighthearted entertainment.

    As I have had similar dreams set in Tibet, Lenz’s initial experience comes as no surprise. One of my dreams as a Tibetan female walking down a path to a spring surrounded by a knee high rock wall and then washing my long waist length dark hair was later shown in a slideshow presented by an Australian artist lecturing in Melbourne about his year spent in Tibet painting landscapes. I was a Buddhist nun in this dream, which doesn’t make sense as they mostly have their heads shaved like a monk. Perhaps I’d been in retreat for 3-4 years and allowed my hair to grow? It was a moment of deja vu to see the same rough winding path and rock surrounded spring in a series of slides back around the early 1980s in a real-life lecture.

  4. Thank you, I’m sure I will.

    I’ve had a nap and read some more since I last wrote to you and I think Lenz has perhaps turned his own experience in to something that the everyday person (with no understanding) can absorb, hence the simple question and answer dialogue between himself and Master Fwap.

    While fiction, the book does actually have a message (or teaching).

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