Paperback

The print edition of Ashrams of India is available in limited quantities due to its extensive size and large shipping weight. The print edition comes in two separate volumes, and is only available for sale as a set of two. It is available in New Zealand at Unity Books Auckland, Scorpio Books Christchurch, Bruce McKenzie Booksellers Palmerston North and Possibilities Richmond, Nelson.


Revised and updated 2021 paperback edition in 2 volumes, 1749 pages arriving soon!

Total Price with Shipping:

  • New Zealand: NZ$110
  • Australia: NZ$125 (Approx. A$115)
  • United States: NZ$160 (Approx. US$105)
  • United Kingdom: NZ$160 (Approx. £80)
  • Europe: NZ$160 (Approx. €90)
  • Other: NZ$170 (Approx. US$112)

Please Note:

  • All prices shown are in New Zealand Dollars.
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  • Target delivery for all locations is 3 – 10 working days after receiving confirmation of shipping address.
Bob Dylan in a promotional photo for his Heaven’s Door whiskey (photo heavensdoor.com).
Joanne Kyger – Almora, India, March 1962; reading guidebook on wall overlooking Himalayan Peaks, we were on Pilgrimage with Gary Snyder her husband, and Peter Orlovsky, visiting Buddhist sites, here in Almora visiting Lama Govinda, March 1962. (Photo & Caption by © Allen Ginsberg/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images).
Bob Dylan.
On the floor reading is Ramesh, Krishna Dass and Ram Dass.
From a young age, rock poet and troubadour Leonard Cohen knew he wanted to be a writer. In fact, it wasn’t till after finding little financial success as a novelist in the ’50s and early ’60s that he decided, at 33, to move to the States and try his hand at folk music. After a wildly successful, decades-long recording career, Cohen passed away in 2016 at the age of 82, revered as much for his literary legacy as his contributions to music.

While classic poetry and the Bible were early and lasting influences, Cohen has also cited Camus, comic books and mindfulness and meditation guides as formative reads. On being inspired by the gamut of human language – from the Elizabethan Bible to the writings of mental patients – he said: “Every time I pick up a magazine, I read some writing that is distinguished. My pace and viewpoint is being influenced continually by things I come across. You recapitulate the whole movement of your own culture. Occasionally we are touched by certain elaborate language, like the language we associate with the Elizabethan period, with the King James translation of The Bible, or Shakespeare. In certain moments you are influenced by very simple things. The instructions on a cereal package have a magnificent clarity. You’re touched by the writing in National Geographic — it represents a certain kind of accomplishment. Occasionally you move into another phase where you are touched by the writing of demented people or mental patients. I get a lot of letters from those kinds of writers. You begin to see it as the most accurate kind of reflection of your own reality, the landscape you’re operating on. There are many kinds of expression that I’m sensitive to.”

Gathered from the interview archives at Cohencentric

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