Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region

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The Lawudo Lama presents two life stories along with an extended introduction laying out their social and cultural context. It takes place in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, the home of the famous Sherpa guides, where the people practice Tibetan Buddhism and revere the local lamas and yogis. The stories are centered in Lawudo, a small village in the Khumbu region, and the central figure is the renowned Lawudo Lama.

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Overview

The Lawudo Lama presents two life stories along with an extended introduction laying out their social and cultural context. It takes place in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, the home of the famous Sherpa guides, where the people practice Tibetan Buddhism and revere the local lamas and yogis. The stories are centered in Lawudo, a small village in the Khumbu region, and the central figure is the renowned Lawudo Lama.

The first Lawudo Lama portrayed, Lama Kunzang Yeshe (1864-1946), was a yogi of the Nyingma lineage who spent much of his life meditating in a cave near Lawudo, and his life is reconstructed through meticulous research of written and oral histories. The second story is of Kunzang Yeshe's reincarnation, a monk of the Gelug lineage known as Lama Zopa Rinpoche, whose story is given in a first-person narrative. Lama Zopa is well known in the West as the author of several books and as the Spritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which has more than 100 affiliate Buddhist centers worldwide. Lama Zopa Rinpoche travels and teaches extensively to large audiences and has thousands of students.

The Lawudo Lama will appeal to travelers to Nepal, to Buddhist practitioners, and to scholars trying to understand the culture of the region. It is well documented, and is accompanied by more than 125 color and black and white photos, drawings, lineage charts, and maps.

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Editorial Reviews

reviewed by Georg Feuerstein
"In some ways, the present volume is three books in one. First, it is an introduction to Sherpa culture and geography--a rare treat in itself. Second, it is a biography of Lama Kunzang Yeshe, the first Lawudo Lama, which takes into account both his outer and inner life. Third, it is an autobiography of Kunzang Yeshe's reincarnation (tulku) in the form of Thubten Zopa Rinpoche ("Lama Zopa"), who was born into a Sherpa family in Nepal and today is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). [...] This volume is filled with touching and amazing stories of Tibetan and Nepalese yogis, who have dedicated their whole life to realizing enlightenment and serving the spiritual awakening of others. One gets a good sense of how great one's dedication to the Dharma must be to break through the karmic bonds of conventional life but also that even a lay practitioner can attain a high level of realization. Most importantly, this book offers one wonderful reassurance that great masters and teachings do still exist and are available to anyone who is serious about Dharma practice. "
Hubert Decleer
"The Lawudo Lama is an amazing tale recounting the lives of both the internationally known Lama Thupten Zopa Rinpoche and his previous incarnation, Lama Kunzang Yeshe. Unlike numerous other studies of Sherpa culture, religion, and history, The Lawudo Lama offers an account from within the tradition, as experienced by the main protagonists. Author Jamyang Wangmo, as one of Lama Zopa's early disciples--also among the few foreigners to have spent long stretches in solitary retreat at the cave hermitages of the Lawudo Lama--is uniquely qualified to write about the subject."
New Age Retailer
"A fascinating, formidable read, offering in-depth, incredibly detailed information about Sherpa life in the Himalayas. The biographical stories of two famous lamas, Kunzang Yeshe (1865-1946) and the person who is said to be his reincarnation, Thubten Zopa Rinpoche also are engaging reading. Jamyang Wangmo's 434-page tome will prove a fascinating excursion for anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan culture. Absorbing, descriptive narratives are accompanied by photos of the people mentioned in the stories. The book is laid out in distinct sections, allowing readers to use it as an easy reference. The six appendixes include indexes of persons, deities, places, and text. The cover art of The Lawudo Lama is beautiful and eye-catching. I suggest displaying it with other books about Eastern religions, and recommend it highly to customers interested in Buddhism, reincarnation, and Eastern philosophies."
from the foreword by the Dalai Lama
"I have no doubt that readers of this book will find here encouraging evidence that, even in this day and age, where there is real faith, good motivation, and a great deal of hard work, the Dharma will flourish and grow."
Lorne Ladner
"This fascinating book provides a unique--earthy yet mystical--insider's view of Himalayan life in general and of Sherpa life in particular. Will be very interesting to anyone who has travelled in the Himalayas and greatly inspiring to anyone who wishes to live a deeply spiritual life. Where else can one find a story in which the characters travel from life to life, continuing to teach, guide and support each other--it will stretch your mind and move your heart."
Franz-Karl Ehrhard
"Religious biographies form a central part of Tibetan literature, and such accounts are now becoming important for Western Buddhists as well. The Lawudo Lama succeeds in combining the traditional style with a modern narrative and in illuminating the life stories through their context in the traditions of the Khumbu region of Nepal."
New Age Retailer
"A fascinating, formidable read, offering in-depth, incredibly detailed information about Sherpa life in the Himalayas. The biographical stories of two famous lamas, Kunzang Yeshe (1865-1946) and the person who is said to be his reincarnation, Thubten Zopa Rinpoche also are engaging reading. Jamyang Wangmo's 434-page tome will prove a fascinating excursion for anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan culture. Absorbing, descriptive narratives are accompanied by photos of the people mentioned in the stories. The book is laid out in distinct sections, allowing readers to use it as an easy reference. The six appendixes include indexes of persons, deities, places, and text. The cover art of The Lawudo Lama is beautiful and eye-catching. I suggest displaying it with other books about Eastern religions, and recommend it highly to customers interested in Buddhism, reincarnation, and Eastern philosophies."
Lorne Ladner
"This fascinating book provides a unique—earthy yet mystical—insider's view of Himalayan life in general and of Sherpa life in particular. Will be very interesting to anyone who has travelled in the Himalayas and greatly inspiring to anyone who wishes to live a deeply spiritual life. Where else can one find a story in which the characters travel from life to life, continuing to teach, guide and support each other—it will stretch your mind and move your heart."
reviewed by Georg Feuerstein
"In some ways, the present volume is three books in one. First, it is an introduction to Sherpa culture and geography—a rare treat in itself. Second, it is a biography of Lama Kunzang Yeshe, the first Lawudo Lama, which takes into account both his outer and inner life. Third, it is an autobiography of Kunzang Yeshe's reincarnation (tulku) in the form of Thubten Zopa Rinpoche ("Lama Zopa"), who was born into a Sherpa family in Nepal and today is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). [...] This volume is filled with touching and amazing stories of Tibetan and Nepalese yogis, who have dedicated their whole life to realizing enlightenment and serving the spiritual awakening of others. One gets a good sense of how great one's dedication to the Dharma must be to break through the karmic bonds of conventional life but also that even a lay practitioner can attain a high level of realization. Most importantly, this book offers one wonderful reassurance that great masters and teachings do still exist and are available to anyone who is serious about Dharma practice. "
Hubert Decleer
"The Lawudo Lama is an amazing tale recounting the lives of both the internationally known Lama Thupten Zopa Rinpoche and his previous incarnation, Lama Kunzang Yeshe. Unlike numerous other studies of Sherpa culture, religion, and history, The Lawudo Lama offers an account from within the tradition, as experienced by the main protagonists. Author Jamyang Wangmo, as one of Lama Zopa's early disciples—also among the few foreigners to have spent long stretches in solitary retreat at the cave hermitages of the Lawudo Lama—is uniquely qualified to write about the subject."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711833
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamyang Wangmo (Helly Pelaez Bozzi, formerly Jampa Chokyi) was born in Spain in 1945 and trained in law. After spending time in India and Nepal, she decided to take ordination as a Buddhist nun in 1972. A watercolor artist as well, she has spent much of the past few decades doing retreats in Dharamsala, India, and in the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal.

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. Born in northeastern Tibet in 1935, he was as a toddler recognized as the incarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and brought to Tibet's capital, Lhasa. In 1950, Mao Zedong's Communist forces made their first incursions into eastern Tibet, shortly after which the young Dalai Lama assumed the political leadership of his country. He passed his scholastic examinations with honors at the Great Prayer Festival in Lhasa in 1959, the same year Chinese forces occupied the city, forcing His Holiness to escape to India. There he set up the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, working to secure the welfare of the more than 100,000 Tibetan exiles and prevent the destruction of Tibetan culture. In his capacity as a spiritual and political leader, he has traveled to more than sixty-two countries on six continents and met with presidents, popes, and leading scientists to foster dialogue and create a better world. In recognition of his tireless work for the nonviolent liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In 2012, he relinquished political authority in his exile government and turned it over to democratically elected representatives.

His Holiness frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of interreligious harmony, and securing the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture, and religion. As a superior scholar trained in the classical texts of the Nalanda tradition of Indian Buddhism, he is able to distill the central tenets of Buddhist philosophy in clear and inspiring language, his gift for pedagogy imbued with his infectious joy. Connecting scientists with Buddhist scholars, he helps unite contemplative and modern modes of investigation, bringing ancient tools and insights to bear on the acute problems facing the contemporary world. His efforts to foster dialogue among leaders of the world's faiths envision a future where people of different beliefs can share the planet in harmony. Wisdom Publications is proud to be the premier publisher of the Dalai Lama's more serious and in-depth works.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : geographical, social, and cultural background of the Sherpa people
1 Reincarnation and the tradition of reincarnate lamas (Tulkus) 3
2 The sacred, hidden Khumbu Valley 9
3 The people of Khumbu : their history and culture 21
4 The religion of the Sherpas 31
Pt. 1 The life story of the first Lawudo Lama, Kunzang Yeshe
5 Who was Kunzang Yeshe? 43
6 Kunzang Yeshe learns to combine religious practice and worldly matters 53
7 Kunzang Yeshe's teachers 59
8 Kunzang Yeshe's hermitage 71
9 The consecration of Tengboche monastery 79
10 Life in Khumbu 87
11 Lessons in impermanence 95
12 The last years of the Lawudo Lama 101
13 How the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe dissolved the illusory appearance of his form body into the expanse of reality 107
Pt. 2 The reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
14 Continuity 119
15 My family and early childhood 123
16 I am the Lawudo Lama 135
17 Rolwaling 147
18 Tibet 163
19 I become a Gelug Monk 171
20 Life in India 181
21 The Young Lamas home school 191
22 Lama Thubten Yeshe 199
23 Return to Nepal 207
24 Back in Khumbu 219
25 Building Lawudo Gompa 233
26 I become a teacher 241
27 Mount everest center for Buddhist studies 253
28 Lawudo retreat center 267
29 Times of change 281
30 My mother 289
Long-life prayer for the Lawudo Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche 309
App. I Chronology of events 311
App. II The four original Sherpa Clans 319
App. III The lineage of Lama Sangwa Dorje and Dzatul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu 323
App. IV The Thangme or Charog Lamas 326
App. V Genealogy of the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe 327
App. VI Genealogy of the Lawudo Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche 328
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