Alexandra David-Neel

po_David-Neel-AlexandraAlexandra David-Néel, born Louise Eugénie Alexandrine Marie David (October 24, 1868 – September 8, 1969), was a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist and writer.

She is most known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet when it was forbidden to foreigners. David-Néel wrote over 30 books about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels. Her teachings influenced the beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, the populariser of Eastern philosophy Alan Watts, and the esotericist Benjamin Creme.