The Lhasa Trilogy

The Lhasa Trilogy

by Gary Conrad

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BN ID: 2940014732420
Publisher: Rainbow Books, Inc.
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 313
Sales rank: 745,167
File size: 752 KB

About the Author

Gary D. Conrad is a native Oklahoman who lives with his wife, Sheridan, and their dog, Inky, in Edmond, Oklahoma. His interests include Tibetan rights, meditation, the music of Joseph Haydn, organic gardening and wilderness hiking. Accompanied by his wife, he made an expedition to Tibet and Japan in 2008 to gather first-hand information for The Lhasa Trilogy.

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The Lhasa Trilogy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the most inspiring books I have ever read! Not only that, "The Lhasa Trilogy" was quite thought provoking. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Injoy-Life 4 months ago
The Lhasa Trilogy by Gary D. Conrad is a mesmerising book. I gave it five stars because it kept my full attention from start to finish. It crosses continents and generations. It shows evidence of extensive research. Reading this author's writing is like inhaling a satisfying breath of fresh air. Upon reading the scene where there is a pending birth and the father is waiting for a doctor, the tension was palpable. When I read certain scenes from battles in Iwo Jima I felt as if I were there. Matt was "a man on a mission, a well-trained fighting machine--and this, coupled with his innate country good sense and seething anger, made for a deadly combination." I responded to the descriptions of war with horror and grief. After Matt's best friend, Joe was killed Matt suffered. "Depression was something he previously had only heard about. It was a midnight feeling that clawed its way into his gut and played games with his mind. When he was sure no one was watching, he lay on the ground, pulled his knees into his chest and quietly rocked back and forth. The fetal position somehow soothed his frayed nerves." After much travel and a full life, Matt passed from this existence but continued to learn. “Abraham,” Matt interrupted, “I feel . . . I feel so terribly guilty for the things I’ve done.” “My son,” Abraham said, “guilt is a useful feeling; it makes you aware of a wrongful doing. There its purpose ends. When one feels guilt, one should try to correct the misdeed, and if unable to do so, ask forgiveness of the one you have wronged. If for some reason even that is not possible, direct your plea to God, and there your responsibility ends.” Matt experienced a sense of relief. Abraham continued. “Karma, though, is created with each and every act, and at some point in time you have to face the effects of what you have created. But karma is not about punishment, it’s about learning." The Lama Tenzin Tashi agreed to work with Matthew to help rectify his karma. It was a lifelong commitment that took great time and effort. I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Numerous pathways collide and different cultures become blended into one odd reality in The Lhasa Trilogy. Gary D. Conrad has drawn several cultures together into one destiny in these three books. Book one chronicles the roots of Matthew Walter Johnston from life on a Davidson, Oklahoma farm. It takes him through World War Two in the Pacific theatre and the rage and guilt that he felt at the loss of his best friend. His hatred of the Japanese drove his fury and continues as he is part of the occupying forces of Japan. A twist of fate throws a beautiful Japanese face in his path and he must come to grips with his hatred. Love and death reverse course in an instant and Matt’s life becomes filled with utter confusion and bitterness as his path moves forward with an anguished soul. In Book Two, Lama Tenzin Tashi sets forth to fulfill the promise that he had made to Matt before he died. Though the promise was a blasphemy, he had made it because by fulfilling it, he would be able to give greater assistance to the people of Tibet who had suffered a great deal. The journey to track down an incarnation is hampered by several particularly taxing challenges that he must survive and overcome in order to find a particular person and fulfill his promise. Through the struggle that he endures, he discovers many truths about himself as well. Book Three takes the reader back to Oklahoma and into the life of Wade Joshua Adams. With the life of the young man beginning to take shape and goals waiting to be fulfilled, the appearance of a Tibetan monk in his home was a bit confusing. The reason the monk was there was even more unbelievable. There is more than a treasure awaiting Wade, his girlfriend, Sonali, and his brother, Todd, in Tibet and their journey is also one of profound discovery. The broad range of emotions encountered in The Lhasa Trilogy are packed full of deep meaning and profound truth. Gary D. Conrad takes the reader on a journey of soul searching from several different points of view. The spiritual truths that are discovered by each of the characters, the challenges and the transformations are seen through the background of different cultural perspectives and individual personalities. The richness of the search for meaning permeates all three books and raises questions and challenges to the heart and mind of every reader. All in all, The Lhasa Trilogy is a spiritual journey that steps outside the norm and challenges traditionally accepted truths. It is impossible to walk away from this book without some deep inner reflection.