The Winter Line: A Memoir and Observation of Asia
by Ken Winkler (India 1964-66)
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Imagine a book born from the tendrils of a cloudy monsoon afternoon on a sheer drop overlooking the northern plains of India. Ken Winkler watched the “winter line” develop below him from the Kumaon Himalaya and knew that the book of his life was presenting
itself. The author has spent over 40 years writing and studying about, traveling to or working in Asia, or listening to teachers, lamas, soldiers and travelers present their versions of what they saw. Not everything was as it appeared, and many of his experiences
reflected a direct spiritual lesson. All of this started on a bird farm in San Diego—or was it from the stories of a smooth-talking Irishman, or an Oxford Don, or a collection of Buddhist masters passing through? The Winter Line presents a series of essays that cover the
author’s travels from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia. Long an observer of and participant in the region’s development, Winkler has blended personal views with commentaries by social activists, Buddhist monks, and mountain climbers on the sometimes radical changes facing areas of cultural significance and great beauty.