Ani Lin: the journey of a Chinese Buddhist nun
In 1892, 18 year old Lin enters a mountain nunnery, where she begins a journey that will take her on a difficult spiritual and physical path. Her dream is to work for equality for women in the Buddhist world.
Five years later, taking Buddhist scrolls and her beloved bamboo flute and accompanied by the Tibetan monk Labsang, she sets out to travel the remote and mountainous Horse Tea Road that leads to Tibet. Arriving in Lhasa many months later, she meets the 13th Dalai Lama before journeying on to the village where she will teach for six years. One of her pupils, Pema Choki, is a very special girl on whose behalf Lin will have to challenge the practises and beliefs of the high lamas.
"This Poetry novel sings from page to page like a river of sound as Ani Lin, the Chinese nun, with Lobsang, her faithful lama companion, make an epic journey on foot across the mountains of China and Tibet to carry the message of her visionary calling for the equality of women in their spiritual life. The lines of verse build a sensual tapestry with rich visual and auditory images reminiscent of traditional Chinese landscape painting."
- Bridget McKern