Posts Tagged ‘Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong’

An interview with Poven Leace, English translator of Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Eagle eyed readers of this blog noted that an English translation of Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong appeared on Amazon.com last month.

Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong is an obscure 1970′s Vietnamese book which purports to be a previously unpublished record of a trip Baird T Spalding took to India. The pseudonymous author Nguyên Phong claims to have found a Spalding book titled Journey to the East in a San Diego library during the 1970′s and published Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong as a Vietnamese translation. Prior to the 1980′s, there was a large number of unauthorized translations of English works in Vietnam, and Nguyên Phong is listed as translator of works by Lobsang Rampa, Myodo Satomi and Mika Waltari.

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Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong – A Vietnamese prelude to Spalding’s Life and Teachings?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

A recent comment on the blog by commenter Jean Luc highlighted that there is a Vietnamese book that claims to be a previously unknown prelude to Spalding’s Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East.

Hanh Trinh Ve Phuong Dong is listed in Google Books, and can be found in libraries via Worldcat.  Jean Luc reports it was translated in Vietnamese in 1975 from a 1924 Indian book titled Journey to the East. The first publication date shown online is 1987, with Spalding listed as author and Nguyên Phong as the translator into Vietnamese. According to Google Books, Nguyên Phong has translated similar books in the mystic and occult genre, including works by Lobsang Rampa, Myodo Satomi and Mika Waltari.

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