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Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek Of Faith is the story of Brandon Wilson and his wife Cheryl, who went on a 1000 kilometer trek along an ancient Tibetan pilgrimate trail that took them from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Their journey put...
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Location: Hawaii
Subject: Book Web Site
Mar 08 2006 03:15 PM

If you would like to sample Yak Butter Blues, see Tibet photos, hear music, read essays and explore other Tibet sites, please visit http://www.PilgrimsTales.com.

Location: Hawaii
Subject: Yak or Dri
Mar 03 2006 02:59 PM

David: Thanks for pointing out the correctness of "dri" vs. "yak" butter in the title. You are correct. As the author of "Yak Butter Blues" I debated retitling the book to "Dri Butter Blues" and in fact discussed this with Mr. Heinrich Harrer while he was still alive. "Yak butter tea" (as it was referred to when I drank it everyday) was used in the book to symbolize the present situation in Tibet. It nourishes and sustains the people there who struggle so hard to survive against such difficult odds. Also, unless the world takes positive action, it may be one of the last vestiges of a treasured culture being rapidly extinguished by cultural genocide. So, that is the reason I chose to leave the title "Yak Butter Blues." (Western audiences hardly know what a yak is, let alone a dri.)

Epersona; Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, I hold the greatest respect and empathy for the Tibetan cause, and especially our kind hosts and monks that we met across Tibet. They shared the warmth of their dung fires and stories, while we shared pictures of His Holiness smuggled into Tibet. Their courage and faith in the Dalai Lama's return made us even more determined to share their story to a western world consumed with materialism and oil.

Our story is a truthful accounting of our 1,000 kilometer trek, warts and all. We are far from egotistical heroes. Unbathed, exhausted, coughing phlegm, a little scared and half-starved, at times we were struggling to survive another day, another 30 kms, not knowing what the next day would bring. Then when we were shot at by soldiers, famished and caught in a blizzard, we could only begin to feel what so many Tibetans feel on a daily basis. Even still, my "animus" was not against Chinese people, but their surrogate bullies flooding into Tibet at an alarming rate.

I look forward to continuing to share our story with groups to help raise the consciousness about the Tibetan struggle around the world.

I wish you well--and ask you to visit Tibet at your earliest chance.

Location: Germany
Subject: Yak is a male animal
Dec 19 2005 03:29 PM


Yak is a male animal, Yak can not make milk.

Only Dri can make milk, Dri is a female yak.


Location: Florida, USA
Subject: Yak Butter Blues
Dec 11 2005 07:43 PM

This is an extraordinarily poorly written story written by a person who presents himself as devoid of normal human emotion. He writes about his wife as though she is an object - no affection, but only complaints. He expresses negatively regarding almost all Tibetans he meets, and emotes true animus toward all Chinese. The entire story revolves around Brandon Wilsons egotistical perspective as the center of the universe. This guy is a self absorbed misogonist!

While he clearly loves the environment that they crossed, even that is described in sterile terms. I finished the entire book because of the subject matter, despite my growing dislike for the author. Then I reached the postlogue. It is a well written, clear, objective rendition of the current Tibetan condition.

My suggestion is that you read the last few pages of the book and do not waste your time on the rest of it.
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