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The spirit lives : a personal journey from loss to understanding through religious experience
Turner, David H.
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New York : P. Lang, [2002]

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lix, 185 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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The Spirit Lives recounts the author's struggle with the death of his young son and his subsequent journeying in search of stability and meaning. During his encounters with Christian monasticism, Balinese Hinduism, a variety of traditions in north India, Japanese Zen Buddhism, and Native Canadian religion, he experiences firsthand what Aboriginal people in Australia had been trying to teach him for more than a generation: The spirit lives. It sustains us. It moves us to our finest moments.

Author Notes

David Howe Turner has been working with Aboriginal people in Australia since 1969. He is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of Trinity College as well as the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
In Memoriam: Peter Lang 1928-2001p. xiii
Prologuep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Photojourneyp. xxi
Part I Nganyangwa, My Spirit Livesp. 1
1 Via Railp. 3
Well Beingp. 3
Revelation?p. 7
Spirit?p. 10
Part II A: Nelangwa, His Spirit Livesp. 15
2 54 Drummond St. Westp. 17
Aftermathp. 20
3 Trinity Collegep. 23
The First Reading, Tuesday Morning November 22p. 30
The Second Reading, Tuesday Morning November 22, 1p.m.p. 31
4 Notre Dame du Calvairep. 41
Day 1 Vespersp. 44
Day 2 Complinep. 49
Day 3 Night Officep. 55
Day 4 Laudp. 57
Day 5 Tiercep. 64
Day 6 Concelebrated Massp. 65
Day 7 Sextp. 66
Day 8 Nonep. 68
5 Balip. 73
Kutap. 75
Candi Dasap. 81
Chaumargap. 93
6 Indiap. 103
Dalhousie to Sathroundip. 106
The Sach Pass and Beyondp. 115
Keylang to Manalip. 121
Detour to New Zealandp. 128
7 Japanp. 133
Sitting Zazen: Painfullyp. 134
Sitting Zazen: Comfortablyp. 146
8 Shawanagap. 153
Sweating with Jabenip. 156
Part III Yirralangwa, Our Spirits Livep. 165
9 Dalhousie Lakep. 167
Spiritp. 167
Revelationp. 170
Being Wellp. 175