Highway Dharma Letters: Two Buddhist Pilgrims Write to Their Teacher

Buddhist Text Translation Society
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They were Midwesterners with Christian upbringing, involved in Buddhism and eastern culture at the tail end of the Beat generation. They had found their guru in San Francisco and were formally ordained as Buddhist monks.

From 1977 to 1979 Heng Sure and Heng Chao undertook the ancient ascetic practice of bowing once every three steps on a two and a half year pilgrimage up the coast of California. They took with them only their faith and a wish for world peace as the inched their way along at about a mile and a half a day. Who gave them food? Where did they sleep? How did they diffuse the anger of drunks and overcome the hostility of law enforcement? What lessons did they learn in compassion and humility? And most important, what can we learn from their journey?

Now 35th years after of the completion of their pilgrimage, the collection of letters they wrote during this time to their teacher Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua, is republished as Highway Dharma Letters, a fascinating glimpse at their external journey up the coast and their internal journey towards transformation.

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About the author

Heng Chau, also known as Martin J. Verhoeven, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializes in the Euro-American encounter with Asian religions. He is adjunct professor of Comparative Religion at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), and a professor of Buddhist Classics at Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU). He also teaches a weekly translation and meditation series at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.

http://www.berkeleymonastery.org/

Rev. Heng Sure, M.A. in oriental languages from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, is Director of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. He teaches at the Institute for World Religions and is an adjunct professor at Bond University, Australia. He is actively involved in interfaith dialogue and in the ongoing conversation between spirituality and technology.

Rev. Heng Sure was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1976.

Heng Sure and Martin Verhoeven have just finished editing The Sixth Patriarch’s Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra (Aug 2014), the “bible” of Chan Buddhism.

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Publisher
Buddhist Text Translation Society
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Published on
Oct 17, 2014
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Pages
434
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ISBN
9781601030726
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / General
Philosophy / Eastern
Religion / Buddhism / Rituals & Practice
Religion / Buddhism / Sacred Writings
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
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