When Stephen Bodio was a young boy in the early ´50s, he saw an image in National Geographic that became forever etched in his mind: It was a photograph of a Kazakh nomad, dressed in a long coat and wearing a fur hat, holding a huge tame eagle on his fist. And a lifelong fascination with Central Asia was born. Mongolia, a vast country located between Siberia and China and little known to outsiders, was long under Soviet domination and inaccessible to Westerners. When it became independent in 1990, Bodio began planning a pilgrimage to see if the eagle hunters of ´´The Picture´´ had survived. A lifelong falconer himself, he longed to visit the birthplace of falconry and observe the traditions that had survived intact through the ages. His fantasy was realized when he traveled independently twice to the westernmost region of Mongolia and spent months with the people and birds of his dreams. The ancient rituals of hunting with eagles are fascinating, and the remarkable relationships these nomadic people have with their birds of prey are thrilling. With vivid prose and humor, Bodio gives life to his dreams and the people, landscapes, and animals of Mongolia that have become part of his soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Raymond Scully. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020065/bk_adbl_020065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tad Friend, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has been contributing pieces since 1987. He writes the magazine´s Letter from California and often reports on the entertainment business. He is the author of Lost in Mongolia, a compilation of articles and essays, many of which were first published in The New Yorker.Mark Singer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1974. Most recently, he has written profiles of David Milch, the creator of HBO´s Deadwood, and chef David Pasternack of Esca, who catches many of the fish he serves in his restaurant. Singer´s books include Funny Money, which first appeared The New Yorker; Mr. Personality, a collection of Profiles and Talk of the Town pieces; and Somewhere in America, a compilation of his U.S. Journal articles from the magazine. A new collection of his New Yorker pieces, Character Studies, came out in July.Elsa Walsh has been a New Yorker staff writer since 1995. She has recently contributed Profiles of Louis Freeh, Tipper Gore, and Prince Bandar. She is the author of Divided Lives: The Public and Private Struggles of Three American Women, published in 1995, which studied the lives of the television journalist Meredith Vieira, the conductor Rachael Worby, and the breast surgeon Alison Estabrook.Lawrence Wright became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. His two-part article ´´Remembering Satan´´ won the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 1994, the year his book of the same title was published. He wrote the screenplay for The Siege and is the author of several other books including Saints and Sinners, God´s Favorite: A Novel, and the memoir In the New World. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/nyev/000040/sp_nyev_000040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eagle Dreams:Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia Stephen J. Bodio
In 2001, martial arts-trained biker Glen Heggstad began a journey from California to the tip of South America on his motorcycle and made it as far as Colombia, where he was kidnapped by local rebels and held captive. Undeterred by more than a month of traumatic incarceration, the ´Striking Viking´ finished his trip after being released. Three years later he set out into the world on his bike again, this time searching for truth on his own terms in a world that had become strangled by a climate of fear. Starting his trip in Japan, he traveled through Siberia, Mongolia, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Africa, stopping in more than 30 countries to deliver his message of the real United States, as he knew it. Unique stories and gritty adventure fill this quest for new sights and insights amongst extreme temperatures, knee-deep mud, bureaucratic roadblocks, health problems, and loneliness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008078/bk_adbl_008078_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A guide for practitioners, dharma teachers, chaplains and clergy who want to understand and apply Vajrayana (tantric) Buddhism in the context of contemporary life Western Buddhists are faced with the unique challenge of comprehending Vajrayana (tantric) teachings and incorporating them into their daily lives. Tantra originated in 7th century India before migrating to Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Indonesia, ultimately landing in the West in the early 20th century. Today, a new generation of Buddhists are searching for ways to adopt this esoteric practice while staying true to its historical legacy. Modern Tantric Buddhism is the first book of its kind to unpack the principles and practices of the Vajrayana in a manner that is accessible and meaningful. Lama Justin von Bujdoss challenges our assumptions about what it means to be a socially engaged Buddhist. Taking a traditional Tibetan pedagogical approach, he divides the book into three thematic sections: Body (as it applies to physicality and embodiment), Speech (ethical action), and Mind (contexts of awakening). Tantra is an ideal vehicle for critically examining today´s most pressing social issues, while also confronting the inherent shortcomings within Buddhism itself, such as patriarchy, sexism, colonialism, and racism. By planting the seeds for a contemporary Vajrayana, Westerners can deepen their relationship to this uniquely authentic and embodied practice. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner, the book is an invaluable guide for clergy and caregivers who wish to access the wisdom of the tantric Buddhist tradition as means to bolster their work.
As late as the 1960s, tacos were virtually unknown outside Mexico and the American Southwest. Within fifty years the United States had shipped taco shells everywhere from Alaska to Australia, Morocco to Mongolia. But how did this tasty hand-held food - and Mexican food more broadly - become so ubiquitous? In Planet Taco, Jeffrey Pilcher traces the historical origins and evolution of Mexico´s national cuisine, explores its incarnation as a Mexican American fast-food, shows how surfers became global pioneers of Mexican food, and how Corona beer conquered the world. Pilcher is particularly enlightening on what the history of Mexican food reveals about the uneasy relationship between globalization and authenticity.The burritos and taco shells that many people think of as Mexican were actually created in the United States. But Pilcher argues that the contemporary struggle between globalization and national sovereignty to determine the authenticity of Mexican food goes back hundreds of years. During the nineteenth century, Mexicans searching for a national cuisine were torn between nostalgic ´´Creole´´ Hispanic dishes of the past and French haute cuisine, the global food of the day. Indigenous foods were scorned as unfit for civilized tables. Only when Mexican American dishes were appropriated by the fast food industry and carried around the world did Mexican elites rediscover the foods of the ancient Maya and Aztecs and embrace the indigenous roots of their national cuisine. From a taco cart in Hermosillo, Mexico to the ´´Chili Queens´´ of San Antonio and tamale vendors in L.A., Jeffrey Pilcher follows this highly adaptable cuisine, paying special attention to the people too often overlooked in the battle to define authentic Mexican food: Indigenous Mexicans and Mexican Americans.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Bloodworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014042/bk_adbl_014042_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.