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Little Pilgrim: A Novel by Ko Un

Little Pilgrim: A Novel (1991)

by Ko Un

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I have found this to be a beguiling book, following a little boy (Sudhana) and his exceptional experiences while he travles around South India. He has an inner need to taste all the different ways that people (and for that matter, supernatural beings) demonstrate thier own Buddha path. In some cases, these people don't seem to have much to offer, but they all build a certain roundedness to ones character, and perhaps gives the seeker some modalities that can draw upon on their own path. There is both a restlessness and a goal orientation in this story, two aspects that don't often meet. This book is written by a Korean who had been a Buddhist monk. The first half of the book had been serialized in a magazine. This is really a retelling of the Gandavyuha Sutra, and the book itself was translated by a collaborative efort of Brother Anthony of Taize with Young-Moo Kim, a poet and professor at Seoul National University. ( )
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