In 1996, American poet George Crane accompanied Tsung Tsai, a Ch’an monk, on a dangerous and
quixotic journey back to Inner Mongolia, his native land, to help Tsung Tsai dig up the bones of his master
and cremate them with proper Buddhist ceremony in a cave high in the Ulishan Mountains (Bantam,
• Proposal development and writing • Editing
From the Acknowledgments:
“I owe special thanks to my friend, Kenneth Wapner who made invaluable contributions to the manuscript.
Without him this book would not be what it is.”
“Ken Wapner is without question the best editor I know. A writer's editor with a pitch perfect ear for the
music and the story. I wouldn't work with anyone else. Do whatever you have to do to get him interested
in your work. He'll make it better.”
• Foreign sales in twelve territories.
• Film rights optioned.
• Named "Best Spiritual Book of the Year" by Beliefnet.com
“Crane's impressions of Chinese life are some of the richest and most vivid readers will encounter. His
words float like silk prayer flags at a Buddhist temple, enticing readers to explore their own spirituality.
This book is the best reflection on Ch'an Buddhism to appear in quite some time. Written on multiple
levels, it will appeal to readers looking for a good story, armchair travelers who want to understand more
about China and spiritual seekers with an interest in Buddhism.”
-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“Crane chronicles their perilous and miraculous adventures, the beauty of Mongolia's wilderness of wind
and sand, and Tsung Tsai's transcendent determination with uncommon clarity, wit, vitality, and love.”
-Booklist, starred review