By Matteo Pistono
Spiritual biography meets edge-of-your-seat undercover reporting: how an American Buddhist smuggled out tough facts of abuse and torture in Tibet.
for almost a decade, Matteo Pistono smuggled out of Tibet facts of atrocities through the chinese language executive, exhibiting it to the U.S. executive, human rights organisations, and someone who could pay attention. but Pistono didn't initially intend to struggle for social justice in Tibet-he had long past there as a Buddhist pilgrim.
disappointed by way of a occupation in American politics, he had long past to the Himalayas searching for an easier lifestyle. After encountering Buddhism in Nepal, Pistono's quest led him to Tibet and to a meditation grasp whose religious brother is Sogyal Rinpoche, bestselling writer of The Tibetan booklet of dwelling and Dying. Pistono not just grew to become the master's pupil but additionally couriered messages to him in Tibet from the Dalai Lama in India. This all started a unprecedented, and finally important, experience.
In the Shadow of the Buddha is a e-book approximately Tibet throughout the eyes of a devotee-a stranger hiding in undeniable sight. it truly is approximately how a culture's wealthy non secular previous is slipping away opposed to the strength of a tyrannical destiny. it truly is approximately how Tibetans reside this present day, and the tenacity in their religion sooner or later inspite of dire repression and abuse. it is also approximately Pistono's personal trip from being a pissed off political activist to turning into a training Buddhist mystic, a guy who traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and risked his personal existence to pursue freedom and peace.
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Yudru Tsomu. 2006. neighborhood Aspirations and nationwide Constraints: A Case examine of Nyarong Gonpo Namgyal and His upward push to energy in Kham (1836-1865). Ph. D. dissertation, Harvard collage. assets within the Shadow of the Buddha www. matteopistono. com stopover at video and picture galleries from within the Shadow of the Buddha, learn interviews with Matteo Pistono and stick to his web publication. The foreign crusade for Tibet www. savetibet. org The overseas crusade for Tibet works to advertise human rights and democratic freedoms for the folk of Tibet. Nekorpa www. nekorpa. org Nekorpa is nonprofit association devoted to the security and conservation of pilgrimage websites through the global. The Bridge Fund www. bridgefund. org The Bridge Fund is a nonprofit, nonpolitical association operating to enhance the lives of Tibetan groups around the Tibetan Plateau via schooling, overall healthiness care, cultural historical past maintenance, environmental conservation, and enterprise improvement. Sogyal Rinpoche and Rigpa Fellowship www. rigpa. org Rigpa goals to offer the Buddhist culture of Tibet in a manner that's either thoroughly genuine, and as correct as attainable to the lives and wishes of contemporary women and men. Khenpo (Abbot) Namdrol Rinpoche www. knamdrol. org discover extra in regards to the initiatives that Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche helps, and entry decide upon teachings and practices. The Conservancy for Tibetan artwork and tradition www. tibetanculture. org The Conservancy for Tibetan artwork and tradition is devoted to the upkeep of Tibet’s residing cultural history in Tibetan cultural parts and groups worldwide. Index Abbot Namdrol Abu Ghraib scandal Achung’s rainbow physique ahimsa Amgon (Gonpo Namgyal) amulet anger animism Antonio Apu, Uncle asceticism Avalokiteshavara remarkable Protectress of japanese Tibet backwoods talents bearing witness Beijing Olympics bell image Bhagavad-Gita Biko, Stephen Bodhisattva non secular direction of vows/commitments of ebook burning British India XIII Dalai Lama’s retreat to risk from and Tibet’s weakened place and Younghusband’s forces Buddha awakening of buddha nature and Dalai Lama directions of on pilgrimages to sacred websites Bush, George H. W. Bush, George W. capital punishment Cave That Delights the Senses censorship Chao Erfeng (Butcher) Cheney, Dick Chengdu Chime, Lama China and Amgon and Beijing Olympics courtroom records from Cultural Revolution overseas strain on and Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok’s healthiness care spiritual oppression in and Republican Revolution defense community of kingdom secrets and techniques of on possibility of Buddhism United States’s courting with See additionally human rights abuses Chöpel Gyatso Cisco structures Clinton, Hillary Clinton, William Jefferson Committee on diplomacy Communist social gathering and foreign strain and Larung Encampment demolition and “Patriotic schooling” periods on reincarnation of Dalai Lama on kingdom secrets and techniques on danger of Dalai Lama compassion See additionally Bodhisattva and chinese language oppression dorje as image of mantra of Buddha of Compassion.