"Accompanied by her adopted son Lama Yongden, she was disguised as a beggar/pilgrim and eluded soldiers, brigands and officials of the British Empire. David-Neel became the first European woman to reach Tibet’s forbidden capital, and she remains the most accurate, extensive source on the arcane Buddhist practices of a nearly vanished world" - The Huffington Post
Why did I only hear about her now? Why was she not mentioned in school? In conversation? At any point in my life? She’s SO cool.
She knew tumo - breathing to create heat to ward off the cold. She travelled fearlessly and I’m going to have to read one of her books.