White Lama: In Search of Theos Bernard, Tibet's Lost Missionary to the New World [NOOK Book]

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An amazing, often overlooked story of the man who brought Yoga and Tibetan culture to America. Theos Bernard’s colorful, enigmatic, and sometimes contradictory life captures an intersection of East and West that changed our world.
 
After years of forcibly stopping foreigners at the borders, the leaders of Tibet opened the doors to their kingdom in 1937 for Theos Bernard. He was the third American to set foot in Tibet and the first ...
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White Lama: In Search of Theos Bernard, Tibet's Lost Missionary to the New World

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Overview

An amazing, often overlooked story of the man who brought Yoga and Tibetan culture to America. Theos Bernard’s colorful, enigmatic, and sometimes contradictory life captures an intersection of East and West that changed our world.
 
After years of forcibly stopping foreigners at the borders, the leaders of Tibet opened the doors to their kingdom in 1937 for Theos Bernard. He was the third American to set foot in Tibet and the first American ever initiated into Tantric practices by the highest lama in Tibet. When Bernard left that sacred land, he was sent home with fifty mule loads of priceless, essential Buddhist scriptures from government and monastery vaults. Bernard brought these writings to America, where he achieved celebrity as a spiritual master. Appearing four times on the cover of the largest-circulation magazine of the day, befriending some of the most famous figures of his era, including Charles Lindbergh, Lowell Thomas, Ganna Walska, and W. Y. Evans-Wentz, and working with legendary editor Maxwell Perkins, the charismatic and controversial “White Lama” introduced a new vision of life and spiritual path to American culture before mysteriously disappearing in the Himalayas in 1947.

Biography, travel and adventure, a history of Tibet’s opening to the West, and the story of Buddhism and Yoga’s arrival in America, White Lama: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet’s Lost Emissary to the West is the first work to tell his groundbreaking story in full and is a narrative that thrills from beginning to end.

Includes 15 photographs shot in Tibet in 1937 by Theos Bernard, part of a collection that has been described as the best photographic record of Tibet in existence.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307720825
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

 DOUGLAS VEENHOF is a former mountain guide and an award-winning journalist. He has been practicing and studying Buddhism and Yoga for nearly forty years.
 
 




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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Tae

    He comes in forging white lava. He adds some white lava to the staff and a very small waterproof microchip stud and sticks that in a chaft only he can open. That stud is capable of letting a live person breath under any liquid even lava. Without desinigrating. If anyone holds white lava they r granted that power as long as they hold it. "Finally! My new staff white lava is complete. I forgot 1 thing though." He adds an unbreakable shell to it and it id complete. "This is my great staff. White lava!" He then ads some power and he can shoot lightning through the tip. •|~T@€~|•

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Must Read for all Spiritual People

    This is an eye opener. You must read this book, if you at all care about the future of spiritual practice on this planet. Theos Bernard was a treasure, as well as a terma owner, and we should all be grateful for his work to bring Tibetan Buddhism and Hatha Yoga to the West.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Amazing book

    Douglas Veenhof's "White Lama" is a book that succeeds on many levels. To all those who are curious about the introduction of Tibetan Buddhism and Yoga to the west, this is a seminal volume. For all of those who have happened upon the amazing and curious life of Theos Bernard, this is the most complete record of his life. Wrought out of what must have been years of research, the book forms a complete picture of Theos Bernard, of his profound work and influence, and his extraordinary life - all the way from his early roots in Arizona to his mysterious finish. All these things aside, Douglas Veenhof is one of the most fantastic writers I have read in a long time. His deft turn of phrase, his keen observation and his rich prose, married with his simple yet poetic ability to express something, makes me think of him as a deep and powerful master writer in company with the likes of a Pasternak or a Hemingway, a Melville or McCarthy. Where these authors bring their awesome powers of writing to the world of fiction, Veenhof brings it to non-fiction, making for an account that is both amazing in content (truth is stranger than fiction) and in the sheer craftsmanship of word. I cannot think of anyone who would not get something from this book - biography nuts, scholars, historians, yogis and Buddhists (especially those in the west) and all lovers of extremely good and well-written books to those just looking for a great summer read. Lastly, on a personal note, as a practitioner of Buddhism and yoga this book gave me a connection, a link, as to how these teachings and practices got into our western world to begin with. I felt myself tremendously moved by Theos' bravery and persistence in bringing these teachings out of a remote land and to us in the west, where they have benefited so many; and to Douglas Veenhof I felt tremendously grateful for the sharing of such a profound tale written with such gripping exactitude. The book was profound, insightful, interesting and fun, perhaps destined to be a classic as it feels like the telling of a missing link in the extraordinary saga that is Buddhism's introduction to the west. Big recommend.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Big Recommend, extraordinary achievement

    Douglas Veenhof's "White Lama" is a book that succeeds on many levels. To all those who are curious about the introduction of Tibetan Buddhism and Yoga to the west, this is a seminal volume. For all of those who have happened upon the amazing and curious life of Theos Bernard, this is the most complete record of his life. Wrought out of what must have been years of research, the book forms a complete picture of Theos Bernard, of his profound work and influence, and his extraordinary life - all the way from his early roots in Arizona to his mysterious finish. All these things aside, Douglas Veenhof is one of the most fantastic writers I have read in a long time. His deft turn of phrase, his keen observation and his rich prose, married with his simple yet poetic ability to express something, makes me think of him as a deep and powerful master writer in company with the likes of a Pasternak or a Hemingway, a Melville or McCarthy. Where these authors bring their awesome powers of writing to the world of fiction, Veenhof brings it to non-fiction, making for an account that is both amazing in content (truth is stranger than fiction) and in the sheer craftsmanship of word. I cannot think of anyone who would not get something from this book - biography nuts, scholars, historians, yogis and Buddhists (especially those in the west) and all lovers of extremely good and well-written books to those just looking for a great summer read. Lastly, on a personal note, as a practitioner of Buddhism and yoga this book gave me a connection, a link, as to how these teachings and practices got into our western world to begin with. I felt myself tremendously moved by Theos' bravery and persistence in bringing these teachings out of a remote land and to us in the west, where they have benefited so many; and to Douglas Veenhof I felt tremendously grateful for the sharing of such a profound tale written with such gripping exactitude. The book was profound, insightful, interesting and fun, perhaps destined to be a classic as it feels like the telling of a missing link in the extraordinary saga that is Buddhism's introduction to the west. Big recommend.

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    Posted November 24, 2011

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