Stock Image
The Power of Nothingness: Alexandra David-Neel; Lama Yongden The Power of Nothingness: Alexandra David-Neel; Lama Yongden The Power of Nothingness: Alexandra David-Neel; Lama Yongden

The Power of Nothingness

Alexandra David-Neel; Lama Yongden

26 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0395315573 / ISBN 13: 9780395315576
Published by Houghton Mifflin, U.S.A., 1982
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Garrison House Books IOBA (Medina, OH, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since March 31, 1998

Quantity Available: 1

About this Item

Crisp, clean book with no bumps to boards and no names or writing. No tears or chips to jacket, but does show a small indentation to upper left side and a very small rubbed spot. Jacket has not been price-clipped and is protecte by brand new mylar cover. This is the translated edition rendered by Janwillem Van De Wetering, who shared the authors' background in Buddhism. The primary author is Lama Yongden, the adopted son and disciple of Alexandra David-Neel, a French woman who in the early 20th century became the first European to penetrate the Tibetan Mysteries. Bookseller Inventory # 27399TB

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Power of Nothingness

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

About this title


This extraordinary book is the result of a collaboration between a mos remarkable Frenchwoman who, early in this century, became the first European to penetrate the Tibetan Mysteries , and the young Lama Yongden who became her adopted son, teacher-companion, and disciple and who is the primary author of this tale. Janwillem van de Wetering, well known both for his two very moving accounts of his own Buddhist training and for a sparkling series of detective novels, has provided a considerably fresh translation from the French. The story is about a lama's servant, a man of no intellectual pretensions, who finds his teacher murdered in his tent and presumably robbed of the precious jewel he wore around his neck. The loyal servant pursues the unknown murderer across Tibet and eventually to China. As Janwillem says in his introduction, this novel has all the elements (and more) of a classic thriller: "a murder, a criminal, a private eye...a hermit in a cave, a turquoise the size of an egg...Taoism...wolves, a good chase... a luscious widow...a Zen master..." and in the end, Enlightenment. But more than that it has a highly exotic background, a cast of very striking characters, and an atmosphere that will haunt the reader long after the tale is finished. it would be pretentious to say that this book "explain" Tibet, but it allows an outsider to have a sense of experiencing that land and its people on many levels, and thereby it becomes a spiritual adventure as much as a physical one.

Language Notes:

Text: English, French (translation)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Garrison House Books has maintained an on-line presence since 1997. We are a general interest used, rare, and out-of-print bookstore based in the quaint Victorian town of Medina, Ohio. American history, children's books and ephemera (the history of the people) intrigue us most, but we buy and maintain books in all categories. We are Tess and Eric Kindig, married forever, and passionate about books, bookselling and readers. Tess has been a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and public relations director, and is still a working author with 13 published books to her credit. Eric owns Log Cabin Inc. in Lodi, Ohio, an 8,000-plus square foot retail establishment specializing in historical books and reenactment accoutrements. In addition to his remarkable ability to schlep large piles of books from hither to yon, Eric brings over 30 years of retail experience to this endeavor! Also, joining our staff are our beloved bookshop kitties -- Miss Lil and Mickey. The former provides gentility and elan, and the latter (who is basically a street thug) provides comic relief. We believe that books are treasures, not commodities, and that readers are individuals, not numbers. Our greatest joy is in getting to know you and serving you with grace and good humor. We appreciate your business very much!

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We accept Paypal, personal checks and money orders.
We will hold a book for 3 days after inquiry.
Books may be returned within 14ays with prior notfication.
We are happy to drop-ship and will gift-wrap any purchase at no cost

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal