Any number of scholars have recorded the fact of the Jesuit missionary Ippolito Desideri's (1684-1733) sojourn in Tibet from 1715 to 1721 -where he immersed himself in the study of the country's language and customs, studied Buddhist metaphysics, engaged in debates with Buddhist monks, and composed Christian treatises in Tibetan, before a variety of political forces (both in Tibet and within the Church) obliged him to leave again. [...] it would be hard to imagine a scholar more ideally suited to understand Desideri's story in all its aspects, from every important perspective, and to appreciate its wonder, irony, and (ultimately) futility.
Six Years in Tibet David B Hart First Things; Apr 2010; 202; Docstoc pg. 46 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further r
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