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By Ruth Middleton

This distinctive biography explores the internal trip of a girl whose outer existence was once an exhilarating tale of ardour and experience. Alexandra David-Neel (1868–1969), born in Paris to a socially well-liked kin, as soon as boasted, "I realized to run ahead of i may walk!" during a life of a couple of hundred years, she was once an acclaimed operatic soprano, a political anarchist, a non secular reformer, an intrepid explorer who traveled in Tibet for fourteen years, a pupil of Buddhism, and the writer of greater than 40 books. yet probably the main fascinating of all her adventures was once the religious seek that led her from a younger curiosity in socialism and Freemasonry to the lessons of the nice sages of India and culminated in her initiation into the key tantric practices of Tibetan Buddhism. This publication unearths the penetrating perception and braveness of a lady who surmounted actual, highbrow, and social limitations to pursue her non secular quest.

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