ShoppingforBuddhasCongratulations to Jeff Greenwald and Travelers’ Tales on the 25th anniversary of the publication of Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal. The anniversary edition of this classic book includes new material.

Jeff Greenwald’s classic travelogue follows his quest for the “perfect” Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters — from a passionate palmist to a flying lama — who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu’s very first escalator). Greenwald doesn’t shy away from Shangri-la’s darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the book tells of the rampant corruption, art smuggling, assassination attempts and human right abuses that would ignite Nepal’s violent “People Power” Revolution in April 1990.

A new afterword by the author recounts Nepal’s tumultuous recent history — including the massacre of the royal family — in vivid detail. And a new preface introduces this 25th anniversary edition with some thoughts about how Nepal, and travel writing, have evolved since the book’s first publication. Shopping for Buddhas remains a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Nepal.

Here’s a clip of Don George talking with Jeff at the recent Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.


Praise for Shopping for Buddhas: An Adventure in Nepal…

“A wonderful travel companion for anyone who wants to view afresh the wonders and oddness of humankind.”
— Amy Tan

“Jeff Greenwald could take a trip to Costco to buy socks, and I’d want to hear the story.”
— Mary Roach

“Reading Shopping for Buddhas was a huge relief! Someone who loves the joyful dharma still seeing the earthy humor in the behavior of Buddhists, who also just happen to be human!”
— Robert Thurman

“Kathmandu forged an unbreakable link to my innermost travel instincts on my first visit, over 40 years ago — and every time I open a copy of Jeff’s magical book, I’m reminded exactly why.”
— Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet



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