In the Shadow of the Buddha: One Man's Journey of Discovery in Tibet

In the Shadow of the Buddha: One Man's Journey of Discovery in Tibet

by Matteo Pistono

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ISBN-13: 9781101475485
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/20/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matteo Pistono is a writer, practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and author of In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet. Pistono’s images and writings about Tibetan and Himalayan cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes have appeared in BBC's In-Pictures, Men's Journal, Kyoto Journal, and HIMAL South Asia. Pistono was born and raised in Wyoming where he completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming, and in 1997 he obtained his Masters of Arts degree in Indian Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. After working with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. on Tibetan cultural programs, Pistono lived and traveled throughout the Himalayas for a decade, bringing to the West graphic accounts and photos of China’s human rights abuses in Tibet. He is the founder of Nekorpa, a foundation working to protect sacred pilgrimage sites around the world, and he sits on the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, Rigpa Fellowship, and the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture. Pistono and his wife, Monica, divide their time between Colorado, Washington D.C., and Asia.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Map xii

Part I 1

Chapter 1 The Mission Begins 3

Chapter 2 Following in the Footsteps of the Master 19

Chapter 3 A Different Kind of Pilgrimage 31

Part II 45

Chapter 4 From Bandit to Saint 47

Chapter 5 Taking What Is Given 58

Chapter 6 Disappearing Bodies 73

Chapter 7 In the World but Not of It 93

Part III 113

Chapter 8 In Service to the Dalai Lama 115

Chapter 9 The Merging of Politics and Spirituality 135

Chapter 10 Trouble on the Path 159

Part IV 179

Chapter 11 Wielding the Phurba 181

Chapter 12 Continuing the Pilgrimage 199

Epilogue 219

In Gratitude 221

Dramatis Personae 229

Notes 233

Glossary 249

Bibliography 255

Resources 263

Index 265

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In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bravenewreader More than 1 year ago
Although I meditate, my favorite spiritual books are personal and anecdotal. I don't like to read philosophy or dry history. This book reads like a novel, as a previous reviewer said. It reminds me of Blazing Splendor, the autobiography of Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche, is its sheer excitingness. Sure, I made that word up, but it fits. This book manages to be a personal spiritual journey as well as a record of important and extremely sad current events. As if that weren't enough, there is romance and a biography of Terton Sogyal, a fascinating Tibetan master who counseled the previous Dalai Lama. I pretty much gave up my life while I read it because I couldn't put it down. And I'm very glad I did. I read it in e-book format, which showed the photos really well compared with many ebooks. Essential reading for those interested in modern and historical Tibet, human rights issues pertaining to the Tibetan people, and the spiritually inclined.
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