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

Spiritual biography meets edge-of-your-seat undercover reporting: how an American Buddhist smuggled out hard evidence of abuse and torture in Tibet.

For nearly a decade, Matteo Pistono smuggled out of Tibet evidence of atrocities by the Chinese government, showing it to the U.S. government, human rights organizations, and anyone who would listen. Yet Pistono did not originally intend to fight for social justice in Tibet-he had gone there as a Buddhist pilgrim.

Disillusioned by a career in American politics, he had gone to the Himalayas looking for a simpler way of life. After encountering Buddhism in Nepal, Pistono's quest led him to Tibet and to a meditation master whose spiritual brother is Sogyal Rinpoche, bestselling author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Pistono not only became the master's student but also couriered messages to him in Tibet from the Dalai Lama in India. This began an extraordinary, and ultimately vital, adventure.

In the Shadow of the Buddha is a book about Tibet through the eyes of a devotee-a stranger hiding in plain sight. It's about how a culture's rich spiritual past is slipping away against the force of a tyrannical future. It's about how Tibetans live today, and the tenacity of their faith in the future in spite of dire repression and abuse. It's also about Pistono's own journey from being a frustrated political activist to becoming a practicing Buddhist mystic, a man who traveled thousands of miles and risked his own life to pursue freedom and peace.

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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.

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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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