By Robert Macfarlane

Publish yr note: First released in 2003

Combining money owed of mythical mountain ascents with brilliant descriptions of his personal forays into wild, excessive landscapes, Robert McFarlane unearths how the secret of the world’s optimum areas has got here to grip the Western imagination—and perennially attracts legions of adventurers up the main perilous slopes.

His tale starts 3 centuries in the past, whilst mountains have been feared because the forbidding abodes of dragons and different mysterious beasts. within the mid-1700s the attentions of either technological know-how and poetry sparked a keenness for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the chic reports on hand on excessive; and via 1924 the demise on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory got here to represent the heroic beliefs of his day. Macfarlane additionally displays on worry, chance, and the shattering fantastic thing about ice and snow, the contest and contemplation of the climb, and the unusual exchange truth of excessive altitude, magically enveloping us within the attract of mountains at each level.

Literary Awards
Guardian First publication Award (2003)
Somerset Maugham Award (2004)
Boardman Tasker Prize Nominee for Mountain Literature (2003)
Sunday instances younger author of the 12 months Award (2004)

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53 Just as universes always arise and disintegrate in space, so also do the senses arise and disintegrate in the uncreate space. 54 Just as space has never been consumed by fire, likewise this is never consumed by death, sickness and ageing's fires. Buddha Nature 39 B2g. Phases The impure, those both pure and impure and those absolutely, perfectly pure are known respectively as 'ordinary beings', 'bodhisattvas' and 'tathagatas' 14 . The buddha-nature, summarised by the six previous points on 'nature' and so on, is explained through three phases by means of these three terms.

2. Just as universes always arise and disintegrate in space, so also QO the sense faculties arise and disintegrate in the uncreate space of the buddha-nature. 3. 1ust as space has never been consumed by fire, likewise this is never consumed by the fires of death, sickness and ageing. 40 The Changeless Nature Earth is supported by water, water by air, air is supported by space but space is supported neither by air, water nor earth. 56 In a similar way the aggregates, the elements and the senses are based upon karma and defilements.

The true nature of the mind, however, does not depend upon any of the various phenomena. c. The aggregates, entrances22 and elements should be known as being similar to the earth element. The karma and negative affects of sentient beings should be viewed as being similar to the water element and the improper mode of thinking as similar to the air element. The true nature of everything is like the space element insofar as it has no base and no abiding. 5. A The improper mode of thought rests upon the true nature of the mind.

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