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Circling the Sacred Mountain

by Robert A. F. Thurman
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Religion
Pages: 352 pages
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ISBN 10: UOM:39015043803777
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Synopsis : Circling the Sacred Mountain written by Robert A. F. Thurman, published by Bantam which was released on 1999. Download Circling the Sacred Mountain Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. This true story of spiritual mountain adventure is told by a trekking group's leader, a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, and one of its members, a student struggling to acclimate both physically and emotionally to his surroundings. -- This true story of spiritual mountain adventure is told by a trekking group's leader, a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, and one of its members, a student struggling to acclimate both physically and emotionally to his surroundings.

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