Journey to the West is truly an odyssey into the author’s mind as he seeks to discover who he is and where his place is in the world. I found it fascinating how life events came together to propel the author along a journey of awakening, and I felt the story well worthy of publication, not only as a good read for anyone who enjoys memoirs, but also as a mirror for those wanting to shed light on their own spiritual journey.
A twenty-one-year-old man leaves his native Sri Lanka to figure out what to do with his life but loses his way in Paris until a romantic encounter opens his heart, leading to a spontaneous awakening. He then explores Eastern wisdom and moves to Montreal where he practices Buddhist meditation, but his experience of wakefulness in day-to-day life unleashes a Pandora’s Box of unresolved emotions resulting from early childhood trauma of which he was blissfully unaware. More travels and encounters with women propel him along his healing journey, which parallels his ongoing quest for permanent awakening. It’s like Jack Kerouac meets Eckhart Tolle.
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What Readers are saying about Journey to the West:
Journey to the West reveals the troubles and joyful moments that Devanath Thenabadu experienced in his search for enlightenment and self-awareness. Devanath’s journey takes him to different cities and countries, including London, Sri Lanka, Vancouver, Montreal, Paris, and Japan. Through his relationships and discussions with different women, meditation and bodywork practices, and an exploration of philosophy and psychology, Devanath discovers he must heal some unresolved issues from his childhood. The book explores the profound thoughts of Buddha, Chogyam Trungpa, George Ivanovic Gurdjieff, René Guénon, and other deep thinkers. Read Journey to the West to find out what he discovered after losing and finding himself in his search for meaning and his experience of loss, heartbreak, love, anxiety, friendship, and more life challenges and blessings.
Before you purchase another self-help or philosophical book, read this! Devanath Thenabadu’s raw, honest, and surprisingly relatable story reveals that one doesn’t have to achieve perfection or have all the answers to live a meaningful life. Hodophiles and xenophiles will appreciate the captivating details about the author’s day-to-day experiences of different cultures and peoples. Some hilarious scenes are unforgettable, like when he met a woman named Mrs. Death during a flight. Besides the humor element, the book’s hints at future developments contribute to its addictive nature. Filled with deep insights from the author’s practice and discovery of different philosophical, and psychological ideas, Journey to the West inspires the reader to never stop learning or striving to be the best version of themselves. As I connected to Journey to the West on a deep spiritual level, I recommend it to fans of yoga and meditation and all seekers of knowledge out there
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About the Author – Devanath Thenabadu
Devanath Thenabadu grew up in Sri Lanka and lived in Paris, France before leaving for Montreal, Canada where he currently lives. Most of his adult life, he has been focused on the core themes of this book, namely quest for meaning, waking up in everyday life and emotional healing. The written word having had a transformative impact on his life, he’s now looking to give back in writing what he has received from books, teachings and the world.