The Best Books On Doing A Pilgrimage And Our Search For Meaning

By Brandon Wilson

The Books I Picked & Why

Siddhartha: A Novel

By Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha: A Novel

Why this book?

I first read Siddhartha as a teenager when beginning to search for meaning in my own life. It resonated deeply, as Siddhartha left a life of luxury and began his difficult journey of self-discovery and enlightenment amid an unknown world. It’s an excellent first exposure to the teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism, and pilgrimage and how they may be applied to coping in today’s world.


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Walden: or, Life in the Woods

By Henry David Thoreau

Walden: or, Life in the Woods

Why this book?

Walden is the story of one man’s return to simplicity and connectedness with nature when he leaves the trappings of 1845 civilization behind to build a cabin and live beside a lake in the woods of Massachusetts. In doing so, he discovers the beauty of quiet contemplation and true necessities of life. It has been called, “one of the most influential books in American literary history".


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Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words

By Peace Pilgrim

Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words

Why this book?

Peace Pilgrim was a true modern pioneer. For nearly thirty years, starting in 1953, she devoted her life to international peace, as she crisscrossed America on foot with her few belongings on her back, "Walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” At a time when American school kids were hiding under their desks in fear of a nuclear attack, Peace Pilgrim bravely “walked the talk” about unabashedly spoke about the necessity of peace, a message which inspired generations.


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The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred

By Phil Cousineau

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred

Why this book?

For many, travel reaches a point where it becomes something more than a moveable buffet and checks off a bucket-list. The Art of Pilgrimage helps you make this transition and realize you’re not alone. It traces the history of pilgrimage or mindful journeys with stories and anecdotes from past sojourners to a wide variety of locations for equally diverse reasons.


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The Pilgrimage Chronicles: Embrace the Quest

By Tor and Siffy Torkildson

The Pilgrimage Chronicles: Embrace the Quest

Why this book?

One method of discovery throughout millenniums and across cultures has been the act of pilgrimage. The act of traveling simply, reducing life to its essentials, and relying on the kindness of the Universe has a way of clarifying your thoughts and purpose. This anthology, of which I had the honor to contribute, brings together the experiences of 33 international walkers, pilgrims, scientists, writers, and explorers. Each walk a different path; each travel for different reasons on their quests. This inspired collection is bound to get you thinking about your own future walkabout.


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