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Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter

I remember my elation the first time I read this book and my amazement that there  could still be hermits living in mountainous areas of China even after the Cultural Revolution when so much of the country’s spiritual heritage was destroyed.  Bill Porter’s book is all the more powerful and convincing because he approached the hermits with humility and respect and does not treat them as curiosities from an alien world. A fascinating and thoroughly worthwhile adventure for anyone interest in this subject.
Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits

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Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter

I remember my elation the first time I read this book and my amazement that there could still be hermits living in mountainous areas of China even after the Cultural Revolution when so much of the country’s spiritual heritage was destroyed. Bill Porter’s book is all the more powerful and convincing because he approached the hermits with humility and respect and does not treat them as curiosities from an alien world. A fascinating and thoroughly worthwhile adventure for anyone interest in this subject.

Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits

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I have not yet seen this film but it looks fascinating.  This text is taken from the film’s website www.festivalmedia.org

“Amongst White Clouds is an intimate insider’s look at students and masters living in scattered retreats dotting China’s Zhongnan Mountain range. These peaks have reputedly been home to recluses since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago. It was widely thought that the tradition was all but wiped out, but this film emphatically and beautifully shows us otherwise.

Inspired in part by the noted book by Bill Porter (Red Pine), Road To Heaven: Encounters With Chinese Hermits, and filmed on location in China by American director Edward A. Burger, the film takes an unforgettable journey into the hidden tradition of China’s Buddhist hermit monks.

One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these elusive practitioners, Burger is able, with humor and compassion, to present their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives among the clouds.”

Directed by Edward A. Burger
Produced by Chad Pankewitz

FM1006–86 minutes / Color / English, Chinese (English subtitles) / Stereo / NTSC / All Region
SRP $24.95

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* Documentary about hermits in China – part 2

Another clip from the film Among White Clouds

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Another clip from the film Among White Clouds

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More from the film Among White Clouds

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