This profound and striking book is by its genre a collection of religious sermons. However, its author, Khenpo Kyosang Rinpoche, who has been living in Europe for many years, never was a priest. He, director of the Je Tsongkapa College, is an outstanding Buddhist lama.
Rinpoche never wrote these sermons. He spoke them on different occasions, both in German and in English. He never allowed recording his voice. Yet this rule was broken for several times. Each time he permitted me to keep the record for a week. I was sorry to lose them altogether so I read them from the recorder and typed the sermons before deleting the records. This is how this book was created.
To read this book one must be open-minded. Rinpoche’s observations about Western society may shock anyone. However shocking they may seem, their truth will strike the reader. Meditating on them one cannot help seeing how true they are.
It is not only criticism, though, that makes the book worth reading. Rinpoche gives astonishing answers to the questions many of us are asking ourselves.
The first title of the book was “Teaching beyond Tradition”. Rinpoche disliked this title. He said that no one of his sermons went beyond the tradition of Buddhism. I was meditating on the title when I suddenly came across the picture of the Lion and the Unicorn created by Sir John Tenniel as an illustration to the famous fairy-tale of Lewis Carroll. I showed this picture to Rinpoche, and he laughed heartily. “This lion exactly represents Europe,” he said. This is how the present title (and the frontispiece picture) appeared.
The reader will excuse slight irregularities of the text when considering that English is neither author’s nor editor’s native language.
May all sentient being be happy!
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About the Author
Khenpo Kyosang Rinpoche (Wylie: mkhan po skyo sangs rin po che) is a spiritual teacher (lama) of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Tibet 9 years before the Chinese invasion of 1959 (see reunification of China), he was ordained as a monk at an early age. In the same year he flew with other monks to the South India and grew up in a monastery in exile, where he worked as an assistant teacher. At the age of 33 he has received his geshe hlarampa degree (doctorate in Buddhist philosophy) and the title of khenpo (abbot). In 1988 Rinpoche went to London to spread the Teaching of Buddha in Europe. Having experienced many difficulties, he finally founded in 2001 Je Tsongkhapa Ling Buddhist College and Home Retirement (Tib. rje tsong kha pa rig pa'i 'byung gnas gling) in Alsace, France. He remains its director until now. In September 2012 he went to his silent retreat. In 2013 Rinpoche published a book of his sermons under the title Snow Lion Faces Europe. This book provides sharp criticism towards the Western society, Western democracy, and consumption as modern paganism. Rinpoche Passed Away on July 31, 2014.
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A scathing yet accurate criticism of Western culture