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“Ward’s vision of the Asian world is vivid, entertaining, and disturbing.” Library Journal
"This book is, in
fact, about learning. Its great strength, aside from its finely crafted
prose, is Ward's honesty about what he learned…The process of acquiring
wisdom provides the narrative with its dramatic muscle...risky, bracing
stuff." The Globe and Mail
Author Tim Ward spent six years traveling through remote parts of the far-east, including India, Nepal, Indonesia, China and Tibet. He visited temples and monasteries, desert ashrams and mountain top holy places, seeking out monks and mystics.
Arousing the Goddess is Ward’s third and most sensual book derived from his travels. He tells about falling in love with Sabina who has come to India to research the temptation of the Buddha by Mara (Hinduism’s devil) and his three daughters. The Buddha overcame his final temptation, in the moment before Enlightenment, by touching the earth beneath him, and asking the Earth to bear witness to his Realization. The Earth Goddess rose in his defense. For her thesis, Sabina must record and photograph rare Buddhist statues bearing this scene. Tim accompanies her as her assistant.
A mixture of sex, love, coming of age and Buddhism, Arousing the Goddess has been praised for its frankness, honesty and humor.