Buddhist monastery holiday
May 04th, 2020
A moment of clarity led travel writer Bruce Kirkby to jump a freighter with his wife, Christine and their two young sons, and head for the Himalayan Mountains. With seven-year-old Bodi and three-year-old Taj in tow, they went by sea, rail and foot. Their destination was a thousand-year-old Buddhist monastery in the Zanskar valley, one of the last places where Tibetan Buddhism is still practiced freely in its original setting. Kirkby shares their story in his upcoming book due in August, In Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya (D&M $34.95). Kirkby is the author of two previous books and regularly writes for The Globe and Mail, as well as contributing to the New York Times, Outside magazine, and Canadian Geographic. He has won several National Magazine Awards. Kirkby makes his home in Kimberley, B.C.