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Re-enchantment : Tibetan Buddhism comes to the West

Author: Jeffery Paine
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fifty years ago, Tibetan Buddhism was the religion of an isolated mountain people, known to outsiders only as a kind of fairy-tale faith involving flying monks, reincarnated spirits, demons, and superhuman feats of physical endurance and extrasensory perception. Then, the Chinese invaded Tibet, targeting Buddhist monks and monasteries for elimination. The Dalai Lama and other monks and lamas made their way into  Read more...
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Named Person: Alexandra David-Néel; Alexandra David-Néel
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffery Paine
ISBN: 0393019683 9780393019681 0393326268 9780393326260
OCLC Number: 52980431
Description: 278 p.; 25 cm.
Contents: INTRODUCTION : A Thousand Years in the Eye of God --
BOOK ONE: TIBET, BEFORE : Was --
BOOK TWO: WORLDS IN COLLISION : Everyone Was Dear --
Playboy of the Gods --
BOOK THREE : DAKINIS DESCENDING A STAIRCASE : A Tibetan Hermit, Made in England --
Interchapter : An American in Tibet --
The Reincarnation with the Beautiful Fingernails --
BOOK FOUR : BUDDHA : THE SCREEN-TEST : Coming Attractions --
The Star --
IN SEARCH OF THE ORDINARY Introduction --
The Buddhist Gatsby and a Modest Old Friend --
Into the Closet --
To Hell and to Jail --
CONCLUSION : For a Future to Be Possible --
Biographical Note and Acknowledgments
Responsibility: Jeffery Paine.
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Disaffected with other religious traditions, yet searching for meaning, huge numbers of Americans have found their way to the wisdom of Tibetan lamas in exile. Jeffery Paine narrates how Tibetan  Read more...

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