The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise

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Ian Baker travels into the unexplored heart of the world's deepest gorge, and discovers the fabled waterfall that Tibetan Buddhists believe is a gateway to the mystical paradise of Shangri-La. In Buddhist tradition there are beyuls, hidden-lands, and the most remote and inaccessible the beyul the more illuminating the paradise it conceals. The greatest of these sanctuaries is at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, veiled by an enormous waterfall in the heart of the forbidding Tsangpo gorge, the world's most impenetrable chasm. Tibetan pilgrims and westerns have been searching for a route to this mystic waterfall for generations. Until Ian Baker, British explorer, world-class climber and Buddhist scholar, the heart of the Tsangpo gorge had remained a blank spot on the map of world exploration. Ian Baker set out to discover the truth behind the Tibetan legends and after twenty years of interviewing lamas, deciphering obscure Tantric texts and making pilgrimages to the gorge he made international headlines by reaching the bottom of the gorge and finding a 108-foot-high- waterfall. He had discover the legendary grail of both Western explores and Tibetan seekers. One of the most captivating stories of discovery in recent memory, an extraordinary voyage not only into one of the most remote places on earth but a pilgrimage into the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith, and a meditation on man's place in nature

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"Ian Baker recounts his journey into one of the world's last
secret places - the virtually inaccessible Tsangpo gorge in Tibet."
-- 'Wanderlust'

"There is a great deal in this book to enjoy - even to admire...
an absorbing, thoughtful read." -- 'Independent on Sunday'

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Ian Baker was born in England and studied at Oxford University. He lived in Nepal for over twenty years, studying Tibetan Buddhism

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