Campus News

Slide Show and Lecture Trace French Adventurerís Pilgrimage Through India, China and Tibet

Story posted June 26, 2000

Alexandra David-Neel, prolific author, inveterate explorer, pioneer feminist and authority on Tibetan Buddhism, is the subject of a slide show and lecture by Barbara Foster. Barbara Foster and her husband Michael have authored a new biography of the French adventurer, The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel.

The lecture takes place on Friday, July 21, at 7:30 pm in Druckenmiller Hall, room 16, on the Bowdoin College campus.

David-Neel was the first European to penetrate Tibet on the level of its learned hermits, nomads and brigands, and the first foreign woman to enter its forbidden capital. She made her famous journey to Lhasa, Tibet, over the Trans-Himalayas in midwinter at the age of 55, disguised as a beggar.

Based on secret British government files and interviews with those who knew David-Neel, Barbara and Michael Fosterís second book on this subject reveals rare information about the mystical practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

« Back | Campus News | Academic Spotlight | | Subscribe to Bowdoin News by Email