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"The funniest, best, truest (and secretly truest) writing ever done on life in India.” Gary Snyder
About Sleeping in Caves
In 1965, Stablein drops out of Berkeley and travels to India and Nepal with her lover. Their brief get away turns into a 7 year stay. "There are times when I ask myself", Stablein writes, "What am I am doing here? My answer: to paint, to study a culture; to uncover its secrets; to listen to the whisperings, the sacred oral traditions; to learn by heart the names and faces of deities so I can capture their images on paper and strive to imbue each image with the greatness of its namesake, its spiritual essence. Art is my muse and practice. The world is my palette, artists my teachers; art lives and breathes in the people I meet".
In the heyday of the sixties Stablein encounters luminaries of the American counter-culture like Ram Dass who she accompanies to interview HH the Dalai Lama on the spiritual value of LSD. Later, when the Indian police come to arrest Stablein for having an expired visa, Kalu Rinpoche quips "The Buddha never had visas," and orders her to hide in a closet next to his tantric human bone costumes.
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