Monday, June 29, 2009

peter sis: "tibet, inside the red box"

i'm reading peter sis' book "tibet: through the red box". it is visually and textually breathtaking. my dad skimmed through it on one of his visits here and said, "this guy knows more than he's letting on, or he's very clever." i didn't quite get the allusion - obscurity being one of my father's characteristics that i not only inherited but have nurtured - but reading it i am drawn to wonder if he meant the insights peter has into not only tibet, but the deeper mapping of the spiritual energies of tibet and beyond.

the book opens with a lovely quality of mystery about it; "the red box is on the table waiting. but i am worried about my father, who is not here. i unlock the box with a rusty little key."

so simple. i absolutely have to know what is in that red box!

and what is inside the red box is his father's diary. a diary that is profusely and beautifully illustrated with scenes of the journey . . .

and of course, mandalas . . .

here is an excerpt from the book that is generously hosted by the dedicated webpage for this book.

"my father was lost in a mountain forest of giant rhododendrons. he and his companions didn't know which way to go. all of a sudden, he heard the gentle tinkling of bells.

out of the foliage appeared a little boy dressed all in red. he had jingling bells on his hat, around his wrists, and attached to his pouch and his spear. he was smiling, and he gave my father a letter addressed to him-a letter from prague.

my father was amazed; how could this be? he had been waiting for a letter from his family for a long time, but to have it reach him in the middle of nowhere? that was unbelievable! how had the boy found him? was my father not as lost as he thought he was?

my father wanted to give the jingle-bell boy a present and remembered a pair of scissors he had brought to cut film and labels. the boy seemed pleased and fascinated by this strange tool, which he opened and closed and tried out on tufts of grass and on leaves. they offered the boy a place by the fire for the night. my father was hoping to learn where they were and how to find their way out; he tried drawing maps in the dirt, but he couldn't make himself understood.

when father awoke the next morning, the boy was gone. then father noticed a rhododendron leaf with an unusual cut, and then another and another. he knew as he followed the scissors cuts they would lead him out of the forest and through the mountainous maze of valleys and ridges."

the same weblink that i linked above has a sample page from the book that you might like to see and read.

for the story behind this story you really must read this.

you can buy this book from the usual people.


The Weaver of Grass said...

I love mandalas Steven - in fact I love that tremendous intricacy of the art work - and then we come to the words - they sound such words of wisdom.

steven said...

hello weaver, mandalas and mandorlas are so amazing to me as well! i love travelogues that also pass on wisdome and understanding. thesiger managed that very nicely!!! steven

BT said...

Hello steven, I've come over from Weaver's blog as you always comment. Love the sound of that book. Fascinating.

steven said...

hi bt and welcome!! the author, peter sis has several other titles out that i'm going to go through. i think i'll put another story from this book on "the golden fish" later this week. thanks for visiting. see you. steven