Winkler, Ken

Ken Winkler has spent five years teaching in Thailand (Bangkok & Chiang Mai) and served a year as a resort manager in the far north (Chiang Rai).  Another two years were devoted to being a Peace Corps volunteer in India, and a single year in the Czech Republic.He is the author of: Pilgrim of the Clear Light: The Biography of Dr. Walter Evans-Wentz, A Thousand Journeys: A Biography of Lama Anagarika Govinda, and The Furies Arise: A Novel of the Indian Mutiny.A student of several Thai and Tibetan Buddhist masters, Ken has also served as a refugee social worker for the Tolstoy Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. In addition to working with the American Language Center at UCLA, he has also taught community college English in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Oregon and with Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California.His most recent book, The Winter Line, A Memoir and Observations of Asia covers his 40 years of traveling to, working in and writing about South and Southeast Asia.

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  • The Ladakh Papers

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    In the late 900s, Tibet and China were experiencing great changes as warring factions fought for political and religious ascendency. Despite being a backwater way station, the little Silk Route trading town of Dunhuang on the edge of the Taklamakan desert served as a repository for a multitude of Buddhist scriptures and commercial papers.
    In 1908, a treasure trove of these documents came to the attention of Sir Aurel Stein, the British archeologist, including a copy of the IRK BITIG, a divination book reportedly from the nomadic reaches south of Siberia. It had been forgotten for over 1,000 years and only came to public notice in 2017 through an exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
    One of the docents was the great grandson of a Japanese priest who had obtained a copy from Stein’s assistant, which included a secret letter describing a companion divination volume THE BOOK OF AFFLICITIONS, that, when used with the IRK BITIG, provided the locations of the hidden mythical kingdom of Shambhala as well as the location of the writings of the original Sufis.
    A group of Black Clad assassins who had chased the divination manuscript across centuries approached the docent, unaware of the companion piece, and the chase was on. The trail leads from Lone Pine, California to Los Angeles to distant monasteries in Ladakh, India and involves an elderly Zen priest and a Buddhist graduate student.

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  • The Inner Line

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    The Inner Line is the third installment of a trilogy that follows the adventures of Tim Best, former Vietnam War Vet and intelligence operative. The first book (Never Recovered) detailed his experiences to locate missing WWII gold in the Himalayas, and the second one involved his investigations into the murder and intrigues surrounding Buddhist icon smuggling and the kidnapping of reincarnated monks. This last book involves Tim Best and his partner attempting to block a dirty bomb terrorist action in Lhasa, Tibet.
    All three books were inspired by true events.

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  • Pilgrim of the Clear Light

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    Dr. Walter Evans-Wentz spent his life in the study of religion. His passion led him to Stanford, where he earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in the field.
    Well-known for his work in Tibetan Buddhism and Celtic folklore, he also explored the link between Native American spirituality and Tibetan mysticism.
    His studies were more than scholarly pursuits; he was deeply entrenched in the life and ways of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Evans-Wentz devoted his life to the study of Tibetan Buddhism and was the first scholar to bring this religion to the Western world.

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  • The Monk’s Hour

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    The Monk’s Hour is the second book of a trilogy involving Tim Adams, ex intelligence operative and Vietnam Vet.
    Following his experiences in ‘Never Recovered‘, Adams is approached in California to investigate the death of an art collector in Thailand. Within days, he discovers that not all the collector’s efforts concerned Buddhist icon recovery, but also transfers of reincarnated monks, prisoners and contraband through a mysterious system called ‘The Conduit’.
    Once again, Adam learns while dodging violent reactions in northern Thailand that not everyone wants the matter resolved. Based on current events in the vastly secret and lucrative Asian artifact trade, ‘The Monk’s Hour’ represents a fictional account of a system few understand.

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  • Never Recovered – WWII Gold in the Himalayas

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    Former intelligence operative and ex-Vietnam War soldier, social worker and teacher Tim Adams has spent five years in exile from both his time in Asia as well as an espionage mess that ended badly in San Francisco.
    When he was approached to assist a WWII veteran with ‘problems,’ he had no idea how deeply it would involve him in the wars he left behind.
    Set in the bucolic streets of Santa Monica, the humid back areas of Bangkok Chinatown, and in the skies over northern Burma, Adams dodges triad activists, CIA operatives and his own ghosts as he attempts to help retrieve a cargo of gold (and incriminating documents) from the ‘Hump,’ a pejorative term for the Himalayas.
    It is an action/adventure thriller that includes social commentaries on Southeast Asia, as well as a running battle that covers three countries and includes aerial combat.

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