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Tibet Does Not Exist

0966275802


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Martin's Guide to NY Theater, September 1997
"EXTRAORDINARILY INFORMATIVE AND FASCINATING ... I love a play that sends the mind spinning in such intriguing orbits; this is such a play."

Washington Square News, September 1997
"OUTSTANDING... a play which I would love to read even though dramatic literature is not something I usually crave... with the right marketingit could be a bestseller..."

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Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet
Xinran
0385515480
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Inspired by a brief 1994 interview with an aged Chinese woman named Shu Wen, Beijing-born, London-based journalist Xinran (The Good Women of China) offers a delicately wrought account of Wen's 30-year search for her husband in Tibet, where he disappeared in 1958. After less than 100 days of marriage, Wen's husband, Kejun, a doctor in the People's Liberation Army, is posted to Tibet and two months later is reported killed. Stunned and disbelieving, 26-year-old Wen is determined to find Kejun herself; a doctor also, she gets herself posted to the isolated Tibetan area where Kejun had been. There, as one of the few women in the Chinese army, she endures much hardship and rescues a Tibetan noblewoman named Zhuoma. After being separated from her fellow soldiers in the wake of an ambush by Tibetan rebels, Wen,...


Hell or High Water
Peter Heller
0452286743
Oct 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
To Buddhists, Tibet's Tsangpo Gorge is a sacred place--drinking one drop of its water is said to free you from rebirth as a lower life form. It was the inspiration for Shangri-La in the novel-turned-movie Lost Horizon and, to kayakers, it is one of the sport's last remaining holy grails: "three times deeper and eight times steeper than the Grand Canyon," it's the deepest river gorge in the world. Heller, a writer for Outside magazine, was tapped in January 2002 to accompany a team of kayakers who were giving the Gorge another try, led by filmmaker Scott Lindgren, who would later turn the experience into a movie (Into the Tsangpo Gorge). Narrator Lawlor does a competent job presenting the ensemble cast; the seven men in the expedition each comes across in his own voice, and Lawlor's vocal dexterity is particularly...


Secret of the Snow Leopard

088899544X


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Book Description
Tsering, the boy hero of Himalaya, returns in this touching story of courage and persistence. On a trip with his new stepfather, Tsering is warned not to approach the mountain pass where his father was killed. But as the child and grandchild of two hotheaded men, and driven by anger at his father's untimely death, Tsering decides to follow his instincts and goes off in the night to climb. In his ascent, Tsering makes precious discoveries that will change his life forever. The author's colorful artwork deftly illustrates this riveting tale.


Himmler's Crusade
Christopher Hale
0471262927
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
"As the Indiana Jones films showed, Nazis, new age mumbo-jumbo and exotic locations are a formula that works. Christopher Hale's gripping and well-researched tale of an SS-sponsored scientific mission to Tibet in 1938-39 has the whole shebang: mad occult beliefs, mountains, strange charactors called Bruno or Ernst and stomach-churning concentration camp experiments to round things off."
The Sunday Times (London)

A scientific expedition or a sinister mission?

Why would the leader of the Nazi’s dreaded SS, the second-most-powerful man in the Third Reich, send a zoologist, an anthropologist, and several other scientists to Tibet on the eve of war? Himmler’s Crusade tells the bizarre and chilling story one of history’s most perverse, eccentric, and...



Seven Years in Tibet
Heinrich Harrer
0874778883
September 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Originally published in 1953, this adventure classic recounts Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed, he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged god-king of the theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950, which prompted Harrer's departure. A 1996 epilogue details the genocidal havoc wrought over the past half-century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile
In this fascinating memoir Pigott-Smith's intonations reveal practically...


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated Edition
Sogyal Rinpoche, et al
0062508342
April 22, 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
In 1927, Walter Evans-Wentz published his translation of an obscure Tibetan Nyingma text and called it the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Popular Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has transformed that ancient text, conveying a perennial philosophy that is at once religious, scientific, and practical. Through extraordinary anecdotes and stories from religious traditions East and West, Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying. Death turns out to be less of a crisis and more of an opportunity. Concepts such as reincarnation, karma, and bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen, and phowa teach us how to face death constructively. As a result, life becomes much richer. Like Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Sogyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of...


In Secret Tibet
Theodore Illion
0932813135
Aug 1991
Paperback
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Magic and Mystery in Tibet
Alexandra Alexandra David-Neel
0486226824
June 1971
Paperback
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Book Description
Seeker, adventurer, pilgrim, and scholar, Madame David-Neel (1868–1969) was the first European woman to explore the once-forbidden city of Lhasa. This memoir offers an objective account of the supernatural events she witnessed during the 1920s among the mystics and hermits of Tibet. A practicing Buddhist and Oriental linguist, David-Neel recounts the fantastic effects of powerful meditative practices, breathing exercises, and shamanic magic. Her intelligent discourse, punctuated by dry wit, imparts authenticity to these tales of Tibetan mystics and their fascinating powers—including levitation, telepathy, and the ability to walk on water and to survive naked in sub-zero temperatures. This unabridged republication of the classic 1932 edition includes 32 photographs taken by the author.


Lost in Tibet
Richard Starks
1592287859
Nov 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1943, five American airmen were returning in a C-87 cargo plane over the "Hump," a treacherous supply route across the Himalayas that pilots flew round the clock to equip Chinese allies against the Japanese during WWII. Despite reports of fair weather, a ferocious storm blew the plane hundreds of miles off course, forcing the crew to parachute into the remote mountains of Tibet just before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed. The men were first held as prisoner-guests in the forbidden city of Lhasa; later, their trek back to India was hampered not only by the impenetrable terrain and mysterious culture they encountered, but by a larger international intrigue over Tibet’s independence. The battle over dominance of the region between Britain and China, then, turns a story of military courage and grit into...


Lonely Planet Tibet
Bradley Mayhew
1740595238
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

This completely revised and updated Lonely Planet guide to Tibet features new maps, detailed...



Start Where You Are : A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics)
Pema Chodron
1570628394
August 21, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun for regular folks. Having raised a family of her own, she doesn't shy away from persistent troubles and the basic meatiness of life. In fact, in Start Where You Are, Chodron tries to get us to see that the faults and foibles in each of us now are the perfect ingredients for creating a better life. No need to wait for a quieter time or a more settled mind. The trick Chodron says is to repattern ourselves, to transform bad habits into good by first opening ourselves to the groundlessness of existence. When the cliff dissolves beneath our feet, fear has a way of actually lessening. Fearlessness opens the way to recognizing our pushy egos and that rather than being cursed with original sin, we are blessed with an original soft spot--the squishy feeling inside that we all have, that is the seat of...


The Adventures of Tintin: The Calculus Affair / The Red Sea Sharks / Tintin in Tibet (3 Complete Adventures in 1 Volume, Vol. 6)

0316357243
April 1, 1997
Hardcover
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Mountains of Tibet
Mordicai Gerstein
0064432114
September 1989
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A tenderly told story about an old woodcutter and his choices when he faces the chance to live life over again. Ages 7-up. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 2 Up This story of the death and reincarnation of a Tibetan woodcutter is a beautifully gentle look at one human being dealing with life's choices and possibilities. As a boy, he thought about other worlds that he would someday visit; as a man, he thought of other countries and people, yet ``he was always busy with his work and his wife and children.'' After his death, he is given the option of being part of ``the endless universe some call heaven'' or living another life, and he chooses another life. The choices which follow take him through all the galaxies, stars,...


Red Poppies

0618340696
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
The sweeping epic novel Red Poppies, by Tibetan author Alai, is set in eastern Tibet in the middle of the last century. It chronicles the waning days of the once-powerful Tibetan chieftains and the rise of the Communist Chinese state. The tale is narrated by the son of one of the most powerful chieftains, a son considered an idiot by his family. But this supposed idiot consolidates his family's power and wealth with peasant good sense and cunning. And cunning is what is required to survive in this brutal world, where tribal revenge is exacted by ordering decapitations and the cutting off of tongues and ears. There's plenty of lusty sex in this picaresque novel, as well as bloody battles, devastating earthquakes, and the political maneuvering of Tibetan monks. The writing, translated from Chinese by Howard Goldblatt and...


Golden Buddha (Oregon Files Series)
Clive Cussler
0425191729
October 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Cussler and Dirgo, coauthors of two nonfiction books (The Sea Hunters; The Sea Hunters II) team up this time to debut a new action-filled series, dubbed the Oregon Files, equal to any in the Cussler franchise. An organization of intelligent and superbly proficient mercenaries, known as the Corporation, is headquartered on the ship Oregon, a seagoing marvel of science and technology disguised as an ancient, rust-bucket cargo vessel. The leader of the Corporation-cool, brainy Chairman Juan Cabrillo-explains the mission of his organization: "We were formed to make a profit, that's for sure, but as much as we like the money, we are also cognizant of the chances that arise for us to somehow right the wrongs of others." They've been secretly hired by the U.S. government to find and acquire an ancient statue known as...


Offerings : Buddhist Wisdom for Every Day (Offerings for Humanity)
Olivier Follmi, Danielle Follmi
1584793155
October 1, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Weighing in at four and a half pounds, Danielle and Oliver Fallmi's book Offerings: Buddhist Wisdom for Every Day is a bit heavy for a bedside devotional. However, it is visually stunning, with 365 color photographs of Tibetan Buddhists at work and worship amidst the natural beauty of Asia. There is a short quote for each day, many from traditional Buddhist texts and others from contemporary teachers such as Jack Kornfield, Pema Chidren and the 14th Dalai Lama. The quotes and photos are organized into 52 weekly themes, including impermanence, clarity of mind and change. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
A book to contemplate each day, Offerings is a deeply thoughtful collection of wisdom and knowledge from the masters of Tibetan Buddhism....


From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet
Vikram Seth
039475218X
October 1987
Paperback
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Book Description
After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University in China, Vikram Seth hitch-hiked back to his home in New Delhi, via Tibet.  From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others.

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After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University in China, Vikram Seth hitch-hiked back to his home in New Delhi, via Tibet.  From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others.


Discoveries
Francoise Pommaret
0810991128
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
For centuries, Tibet has been known as an exotic land, and its people famed for their tolerance and great spirituality. This quiet, beautiful region has been occupied by the Chinese since 1949. Before the Chinese invaded, Tibet had been living peacefully under the rule of a succession of Dalai and Panchen Lamas. This illuminating account by cultural anthropologist Francoise Pommaret examines the turbulent and painful history of this country and its gentle people's continuing struggle for independence.


The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Volume 1
Chogyam Trungpa
1590300254
Feb 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa brings together in eight volumes the writings of the first and most influential and inspirational Tibetan teachers to present Buddhism in the West. Organized by theme, the collection includes full-length boos as well as articles, seminar transcripts, poems, plays, and interviews, many of which have never before been available in book form. From memoirs of his escape from Chinese-occupied Tibet to insightful discussions of psychology, mind, and meditation; from original verse and calligraphy to the esoteric lore of tantric Buddhism–the impressive range of Trungpa’s vision, talents, and teachings is showcased in this landmark series.

Volume One contains Trungpa’s early writings in Great Britain, including Born in Tibet (1966), the memoir of his...


Buddha's Not Smiling : Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today
Erik D. Curren
0977225305
February 22, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1981, the 16th Karmapa—leading lama of the Karma Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism—died. In a highly biased but fascinating account, first-time author Curren describes the controversy over the Karmapa's succession that still rages today. After the 16th Karmapa's death, two different factions arose, each naming a different boy the 17th Karmapa: Ogyen Trinley, supported by several Karma Kagyu leaders and the Dalai Lama, and Trinley Thaye, whom the second-ranking Kama Kagyu lama, Shamar Rinpoche, believes to be the true Karmapa. While most previous accounts of the controversy have favored Ogyen Trinley, Curren—who acknowledges early on that he is a student of Shamar Rinpoche—believes Ogyen Trinley to be a fraud. Curren is quite critical of the Dalai Lama, suggesting that His Holiness should...


Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet
Donald La Rocca
0300111533
May 2006
Hardcover
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About the Author
Donald J. LaRocca is Curator, Department of Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. John Clarke is Curator, Department of Asian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum. Amy Heller is a Tibetologist and art historian affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris).
Lozang Jamspal is an Adjunct Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University.



Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight
James Redfield
0446676489
November 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Author James Redfield takes readers to the mountains of Tibet in search of the mythical place called Shambhala, otherwise known as Shangri-La. Like his previous bestselling books, Redfield holds the tension between an adventure travel story (in this book, armed Chinese soldiers doggedly pursue him) and divine encounters. Rather than preach his spiritual beliefs, Redfield likes to portray himself as a naive pilgrim, receiving wisdom and insights from the various guides and teachers he meets on his metaphysical journeys.

Shambhala is indeed a paradise, just as it was lovingly portrayed in the famous James Hilton novel Lost Horizon. It is also a spiritual utopia, and Redfield takes great pleasure in pondering the possibilities of living in a culture that is entirely "focused on the life process." Residents explain their...



My Land and My People
Dalai Lama
0446674214
Dec 1997
Paperback
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-The New York Times Book Review
"A narrative that gains in drama by the simplicity of its telling."

-Stanley Gosh, Saturday Review
"MY LAND AND MY PEOPLE is, without a doubt, one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read."

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Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
Claude B. Levenson
0760742367
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Philosophy or religion, way of life or way of being, Buddhism never ceases to intrigue. Its many aspects bear witness to the diversity of its paths, and its innumerable aspects can disorient the newcomer. Its essence is simple, however, a deep root common to all those searching for knowledge: a man, anchored in a moment of history, who awakened to affirm that it's within everyone's power to attain wisdom. The renewed interest that Buddhism has enjoyed over the past years, led by its spiritual and tempral guide the Dalai Lama, has made it possible to approach the meaning and origins of his teaching. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or...


Tibet, Tibet
Patrick French
1400041007
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
French first encountered the Dalai Lama as an English schoolboy, sparking a deep interest that led to his leadership of the Free Tibet Campaign. But after the 1999 journey recounted in this travel memoir and political history, he's pessimistic about whether outside agitation does anything other than harden the hearts of the occupying Chinese government. The grim depiction of a people living under "constant mental supervision" offers little hope, implicitly suggesting Tibet can never be free unless China is free as well. Though every interview is potentially life-threatening for the Tibetans, they share powerful stories of the abuse they suffered during the Cultural Revolution. (And amazingly, the author manages to walk right into the hospital room of a former political leader.) The historical sections have much...


Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth : A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook
Tulku Thondup
159030182X
May 24, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hoping to "help us realize... ultimate peace and joy... for death and beyond," Thondup, a Tibetan-born teacher, translator and former visiting scholar at Harvard, offers a remarkably lucid distillation of Tibetan Buddhist teachings on how the state of our minds in life affects the nature and quality of our experiences in death. Thondup opens the book with a discussion of some fundamental Buddhist concepts such as impermanence, karma and the importance of meditation for altering our mental habits. He then deconstructs the actual experience of dying (the "crucial hour of life"), a process of distinct stages, including glimpsing the "true nature of the mind" and dwelling in the bardo, a transitional period before rebirth. He even includes lengthy reports of death experiences by delogs, devout Tibetan Buddhists...


A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage (A Spiritual History of the Teachings of Natural Great Perfection)
Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje, Richard Barron (Translator)
1881847411
November 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Buddhadharma--Winter 2005--Benjamin Bogin
Nyoshul Khenpo was a brilliant scholar and storyteller, reflected in his exhaustive historical research and inspiring stories from oral traditions.

Book Description
A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the body of teachings known as Dzogchen (Great Perfection) in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It was written by the late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable exponents of Dzogchen. In this work, framed as a series of biographical accounts, Nyoshul Khenpo provides a wealth of information invaluable to spiritual practitioners as well as to historians...

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