Magic and Mystery in Tibet

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Book Tree, 2000 - History - 356 pages
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A long time favorite of those interested in psychic phenomena and human potential. The author spent 14 years living in Tibet, one of the most beautiful and mysterious places on Earth. At the time, few westerners could penetrate into this strange and magical land. Alexandra David-Neel was a linguist, practicing Buddhist, and religious historian. She won the trust of Tibets most powerful lamas and magicians, and takes us on a personal odyssey of psychic discovery. Through the author, we are initiated into powerful meditations, breathing exercises, the control of body heat, visions, shamanic magic, and past life recollection. There are also tulpas, or disembodied thought forms, that can be created in human form using the power of the mindsomething David-Neel was able to perform. There is more to life than what is seen on the surface, and this important book is proof of that claim.
 

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At some point during this epic work, the reader realizes that David-Neel has gone from writing as a traveller to writing as a genuine Tibetan Lama. This transformation doesn't occur at a narrative point, as David-Neel holds a mesmerising impassiveness throughout her explorations - but it does occur when the reader cares to notice that the author, who guides us into the landscapes of Tibetan magic with great humor and anthropological focus, has merged with the object of her study. 

Contents

TIBET AND THE LAMAS
xv
A GUEST OF THE LAMAS
47
A FAMOUS TIBETAN MONASTERY
90
DEALING WITH GHOSTS AND DEMONS
131
DISCIPLES OF YORE AND THEIR CONTEMPORARY EMULATORS
167
PSYCHIC SPORTS
199
MYSTIC THEORIES AND SPIRITUAL TRAINING
242
PSYCHIC PHENOMENA IN TIBET HOW TIBETANS EXPLAIN THEM
288
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