Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
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Still she maintained her center by devouring the library's Buddhist tracts and persevering in an increasingly fruitful meditation practice. Alongside her burgeoning enchantment, a parallel realization that all was not right in Shangri-La arose, especially after her transfer to a college campus charged with the politics of ethnic division. Despite the initial shock of material privation and such minor inconveniences as giardia, boils, and leeches, Zeppa felt herself growing into the vast spaces of simplicity that opened up beyond the clutter of modern life. Zeppa's candid, witty account is a spiritual memoir, a travel diary, and, more than anything, a romance that
After a few weeks more, however, the country and its people worked their alchemy on her; she canceled her trip home for Christmas and requested an extension of her contract. She sought a place at the outer reaches of the globe and the outer limits of her imagination and ended up in Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist kingdom closed to the West for centuries, an unspoiled land of Himalayan peaks and lush valleys. From the pristine, heart-crushing beauty of the landscape to the celebrations and sorrows of its people, Zeppa conjures and captures the true spirit of her unforgettable pilgrim experience. During her early weeks of hardship and disorientation, this neophyte traveler was on the verge of packing it in. At the age of twenty-two, Jamie Zeppa, raised in a small Canadian town by her grandparents, engaged to be married, never having left the North American continent, decided to embark on one great adventure before settling down for a happy, if conventional, life. After two years, she was not only in love with the country but also with a young Bhutanese man. In time, she broke off her engagement.
"Memoir of a Canadian teacher's experience in Bhutan" according to Magalini Sabina. Memoir of a Canadian Teacher in BhutanJamie Zeppa, an English teacher from Canada, in 1999 wrote of her life experience in Bhutan from 1989 to 1992. With the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) financed overseas education program in Bhutan, the slightly over 20 year old teacher changed her whole life to take a chance at living in a completely different part of the world. Practically without knowledge of the culture she was going to impact and loads of useless baggage she transferred to this tiny Himalayan kingdom convinced of reac. A highly recommended read for the adventurer in all of us Picky, picky, picky I was surprised that I fell in love with this book so quickly. Zeppa is a strong storyteller who takes you along on her exciting (although unconventional) journey to Butan. Her narrative is strong and her experiences left me wanting to know even more. It was a joy to read from beginning to end.. The process of falling in love Ana First you look around hesitantly, noticing only the differences. Then you begin to see the similarities, until finally you feel a deep connection and find that you have arrived at your spiritual home.Jamie Zeppa has described this process of falling in love with another land and culture in depth and with such tenderness that I felt grateful to see in words what I have experienced myself.Her writing is beautiful, and she illuminates the place and people lovingly and with vivid details. Her very own personal love story with the man she me