Lost Teachings of Lama Govinda: Living Wisdom from a Modern Tibetan Master

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"Westerners who are well versed in Tibetan Buddhism owe a great debt of gratitude to Lama Anagarika Govinda (1898-1985), the German-born mystic who became a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and then a Tibetan lama. His writings on the esoteric aspects of Vajrayana Buddhism, such as Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism and The Way of the White Clouds, remain classics almost two generations after their appearance.

We now owe a debt of gratitude to Richard Power as well, who in The Lost Teachings of Lama Govinda digs through ...

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"Westerners who are well versed in Tibetan Buddhism owe a great debt of gratitude to Lama Anagarika Govinda (1898-1985), the German-born mystic who became a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and then a Tibetan lama. His writings on the esoteric aspects of Vajrayana Buddhism, such as Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism and The Way of the White Clouds, remain classics almost two generations after their appearance.

We now owe a debt of gratitude to Richard Power as well, who in The Lost Teachings of Lama Govinda digs through the treasure trove of Govinda's many writings, as well as his private letters and other archival materials, and brings forth nuggets of pure gold. He also mines the memoirs of several other luminaries who met and were inspired by Govinda, such as Huston Smith and W. Y. Evans-Wentz, and shares the wisdom they gleaned from him.

This work is a must read for anyone interested in the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. It also serves as a wonderful and lucid introduction to Tibetan mysticism. For the first time in book form, we find Govinda's best essays on contemporary spirituality, addressing such issues as: Buddhism in relation to mystical Christianity, Western psychology, and scientific consciousness studies, the I Ching-the ancient Chinese 'Book of Changes'-as the key to a profound worldview, meditation as a path to transformation. Govinda was a prolific writer, and Power's portrait of him distills this reservoir of spiritual literature down to its essence, presenting ancient mysteries in an accessible and inspiring manner. I give it two thumbs up."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780835608541
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 12/25/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Lama Surya Das     vii
Introduction: Within the White Cloud: Life and Work of Lama Govinda   Richard Power     xvii
From Theravada to Zen     1
The Act of Will and Its Role in the Practice of Meditation     21
Teilhard de Chardin in the Mirror of Eastern Thought     33
Drugs and Meditation: Consciousness Expansion and Disintegration versus Concentration and Spiritual Regeneration     69
Meditation     77
A New Way to Look at the I Ching     105
Questions and Answers: Human Dimensions Seminar, June 1975     113
Notes     139
Selected Bibliography     147
Index     151
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