Buddha's Warriors

Buddha's Warriors

by Mikel Dunham
     
 

Buddha's Warriors is the first book that brings to life Tibet before the Chinese communist invasions and depicts the transition of peaceful monks to warriors with the help of the CIA.

Tibet in the last sixty years has been so much mystified and politicized that the world at large is confused about what really happened to the "Rooftop of the World" when Mao

Overview

Buddha's Warriors is the first book that brings to life Tibet before the Chinese communist invasions and depicts the transition of peaceful monks to warriors with the help of the CIA.

Tibet in the last sixty years has been so much mystified and politicized that the world at large is confused about what really happened to the "Rooftop of the World" when Mao Tse-tung invaded its borders in 1950. There are dramatically conflicting accounts from Beijing and Dharamsala (home of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile). Adding to the confusion is the romanticized spin that Western writers and filmmakers have adopted in an effort to appease the popular myth of Shangri-La.

Buddha's Warriors is no fairy tale. Set in a narrative framework but relying heavily on the oral transcripts of the Tibetan men who actually fought the Chinese, Buddha's Warriors tells, for the first time, the inside story of these historic developments, while drawing a vivid picture of Tibetan life before, during, and after Mao's takeover. The firsthand accounts, gathered by the author over a period of seven years, bring faces and deeply personal emotions to the forefront of this ongoing tragedy. It is a saga of brave soldiers and cowardly traitors. It's about hope against desolation, courage against repression, atheism against Buddhism. Above all, it's about what happens to an ancient civilization when it is thrust overnight into the modern horrors of twentieth-century warfare.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The armed conflict between the Tibetans and the Chinese Communists easily meets the 20th century's standards for slaughter, rape, and destruction. An added ingredient is the intervention of the CIA; from the Eisenhower through the Nixon administrations, it provided training and arms to the Tibetans-including Buddhist monks, who renounced their vows of nonviolence to battle the invaders. In a swift-moving narrative, Dunham (Samye: A Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of Buddhism) outlines the Tibetan cultural roots to this conflict, the social division between the Lhasans and the Khampas of eastern Tibet, and the vague historic political hegemony of China over Tibet. The story emerges from the author's skillful use of oral history and published memoirs. In addition, his presentation of the religious, cultural, and political facets of Tibetan Buddhism is excellent. Enhanced by numerous photographs and etchings of great interest, this work is recommended for all libraries.-John F. Riddick, emeritus, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585423484
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/29/2004
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Mikel Dunham is a published mystery writer and an acclaimed photographer and painter. His photographs of the first Tibetan monastery, the Samye Monastery (circa 800 A.D.) have been published in a photographic book, Samye.

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