Winner of both the New Age and Visionary categories of the 2012 International Book Awards competition. The Lhasa Trilogy is debut, character-driven, New Age historical fiction. Set in rural Oklahoma, Iwo Jima, Japan, Tibet and India.
On a frigid night at Tibet’s Drepung Monastery, Lama Tenzin Tashi is awakened by a fervent knocking on his door. Quickly he realizes these raps are a dreaded harbinger, one which will launch him on a quest to satisfy a vow, a blasphemous promise he wishes he had never made.
But at this point, the lama has no other choice. The journey must be undertaken, no matter the cost.
Thus begins an odyssey that spans not only his life, but also the life of a man born near the small town of Davidson, Oklahoma. Who could comprehend how inexplicably intertwined their pathways would become as they pushed aside the veil that concealed the hidden secrets of death?
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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.
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.