Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of Historyby Canyon Sam
IN HER LYRICAL NARRATIVE of a journey to Tibet on China’s new “Sky Train,” the railway line from Beijing, Canyon Sam glimpses the past through the eyes of Tibetan women—a visionary educator, a freedom fighter, a gulag survivor, a child bride. Gracefully connecting the women’s poignant histories to larger cultural, political, and spiritual themes, she finds wisdom and wholeness even as she acknowledges Tibet’s irreversible changes.
“Years ago following her ancestral roots to China, but finding instead Tibet as a spiritual home, Canyon Sam made a miracle of a journey. Now in Sky Train she guides the reader on a life-changing adventure back to Tibet after more than twenty years and an epoch of cataclysmic change to produce a miracle of a book.”—MAXINE HONG KINGSTON, Author of The Woman Warrior
“Through the experiences of older Tibetan women, Canyon Sam offers a captivating journey spanning half a century and several countries. Sky Train conveys women’s lessons of community-building, generosity, faith, and determination. It’s a beautiful, moving, riveting book.”—VALERIE MATSUMOTO, UCLA
“A book that is sure to illuminate a Tibet so many of us have been longing to know.”—ALICE WALKER, Author of The Color Purple
“This book about the Dharma of connection, of companioning, of compassion, has strengthened my own devotion.”—SYLVIA BOORSTEIN, Author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“It is Canyon Sam’s love for Tibet—its culture and its people—that makes this book so special. An important work . . . poignant and inspiring.”—SHARON SALZBERG, Author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
CANYON SAM is San Francisco writer, performance artist, and Tibet activist. Her one-woman show The Dissident was critically acclaimed in the Village Voice and the Boston Globe. This is her first book.