In My Teachers Footsteps
This is a book of multiple journeys, all of them spiritual, all of them entertaining. No pilgrimage is harder or more ancient than the journey up and over the Himalayas to circle Mount Kailash in Tibet.
Ajahn Sumedho wanted to do it as a young American in 1950’s California, but only got the opportunity when he was a famous Buddhist monk, and had turned 60.
Nick Scott trained him in the European mountains and here recounts his teacher’s attempts, the dire results, and Nick’s own subsequent pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain which nearly killed him.
So this is also a book about adversity, how to face it and what can be gained. But it’s more than that. It’s about the whole journey: life and how to use it, and its difficulties, to find freedom from suffering.