— Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and Awakening the Buddhist Heart, and the founder of the Dzogchen Foundation in Massachusetts
"This book is a fascinating study of one of the major lamas of twentieth-century Tibet—up to his death a few years before the Cultural Revolution and his eventual reincarnation in Italy. All told from the perspective of traditional hagiography, The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds is filled with extraordinary details of the complex lives of Tibetan religious masters of this period."
— Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies at Harvard University and author of Appartitions of the Self, In the Mirror of Memory, and Women in Tibet
"This is a compelling account of the life of one of the famed Mkhyen-brtse dbang-po incarnations, written by his nephew, a renowned Buddhist teacher himself. If is also a record of spiritual life in Tibet as experienced and lived by a Buddhist master in a traditional environment and then, in his later years, in the turbulent circumstances of displacement and violence that marked the history of Tibet in the second half of the twentieth century."
— Elliot Sperling, Assoiciate Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University
"An important story related to our lineage, with considerable implications."
— The Mirror, Newspaper of the International Dzogchen Community