The Snow Leopard (Abridged)
An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas...
IN 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty.
The material in this book makes for a great listen. Since it is about a long trek on foot, it felt fitting to listen to it as I was walking myself.
Peter Matthiessen recorded the audiobook just a few years before his death. His gravely older voice is extremely calm and peaceful, perfect for describing the long journey.
I really enjoyed the descriptions of Nepal, his physical journey, and his parallel mental journey. It’s a beautiful book and recording.