Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom

By Yangzom Brauen

A robust, emotional memoir and a unprecedented portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan girls whose lives are without end replaced whilst Chairman Mao's crimson military crushes Tibetan independence, sending a tender mom and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous trip around the snowy Himalayas towards freedom

Kunsang suggestion she could by no means go away Tibet. one of many country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a distant mountain village the place, as undefined, she entered the neighborhood nunnery. although basic, Kunsang's lifestyles gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a feeling of the religious in all issues. She married a monk, had young children, and lived in peace and prayer. yet now not for lengthy. there has been a announcing in Tibet: "When the iron chook flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans can be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every little thing. whilst squaddies arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every little thing of their course, Kunsang and her kinfolk fled around the Himalayas in simple terms to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced either her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, however the destiny held a unprecedented flip of occasions that will endlessly swap her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of a classy younger Swiss guy lengthy fascinated by Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall immediately in love with Kunsang's younger daughter, Sonam, ultimately profitable her middle and hand, and taking mom and daughter with him to Switzerland, the place Yangzom may be born.

Many tales lie hidden till the fitting individual arrives to inform them. In rescuing the tale of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mom, Yangzom Brauen has given us a ebook packed with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as permitting us a unprecedented and bright glimpse of existence in rural Tibet earlier than the coming of the chinese language. most significantly, even though, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 powerful, made up our minds ladies who're associated by way of an unbreakable relatives bond.

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That was once strange; usually males practice powa. within the Buddhist non secular hierarchy, girls are worthy under males. but as the flame of deep trust in actual fact burned inside of Kunsang, she used to be allowed at hand the outdated nun the ritual tools, mild the butter lamps, position the choices at the altar, and take away them back whilst the time got here. She performed a major function within the rite to accompany her father’s wandering soul on its technique to its subsequent rebirth. * * * After her father’s demise, Kunsang felt very by myself.

It's a delusion that Tibetans wish to devour rancid butter and make it into butter tea. They do that provided that they've got no strategy to preserve their butter provides cool over the summer season. within the wintry weather, whereas the white storms raged outdoor, Sonam squatted by way of the fireplace and performed one of many few video games Kunsang had taught her, doing conjuring tips with tiny balls of tsampa. She spent hours working towards those tips and not grew bored of them. when you consider that she had no toys, she made herself issues to play with. She upturned a short-legged little desk, wound a string round it, and pulled it alongside at the back of her.

However the pals they discovered on the camp have been subdued. Like my grandparents they, too, desired to subscribe to the Dalai Lama. He had already arrange a Tibetan executive in exile in Dharamsala, yet Dharamsala used to be far-off, and not anyone had the assets to set out looking for their non secular ruler. existence within the camp used to be a daily fight to outlive, now not the peaceable Tibetan haven that they had imagined. acquiring consuming water was once a urgent day-by-day challenge. In Tibet, it were an ample source; every person had nearly unlimited entry to clean, transparent, chilly springwater.

She might stay in condo 13. The “father” of the gang had died now not in the past, and his widow couldn’t focus on the workload on her personal. Kunsang could aid her look after the youngsters. Sonam may movement into the ladies’ hostel and attend an Indian institution. All periods on the institution have been held in English, yet as Sonam had already been to an English tuition, Mrs. Taring didn’t count on any problems. Kunsang and Sonam have been super relieved and thankful; this used to be greater than they'd anticipated. the one draw back used to be the truth that the women’ hostel the place Sonam used to be to reside was once in Dehradun, a few thirty-five miles away.

In my days in Tibet I had by no means imagined i might sooner or later see those sacred locations with my very own eyes. but the following i used to be, praying the place Buddha acquired enlightenment. ” In Delhi, in spite of the fact that, Sonam started to weary of the entire temples, statues, and rituals. in its place, she spent her time operating round the strange streets of the enormous urban, copying the kids who begged for a number of paise, the smaller denomination of the Indian rupee. She quickly turned as power because the Indian beggar kids who pursued their sufferers till they gave them anything.

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