The Dalai Lama and the King Demon: Tracking a Triple Murder Mystery Through the Mists of Time

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Tibet House US, 2013 - Religion - 383 pages

In The Dalai Lama and the King Demon, investigative journalist Raimondo Bultrini brings to light a story that has gotten scant attention but that could have a major effect on the future of Tibet. Written like a riveting mystery novel, this real-life story will captivate readers across many genres - not just those interested in Tibetan history and Buddhism. The tale opens with a triple homicide committed a few hundred yards from the residence of the Dalai Lama. As part of the investigation, Superintendent Rajeev Kumar Singh of the Indian police and his deputy, Amitabha, go over every step of the crime, identifying its perpetrators as members of an exclusive cult dedicated to a demonic spirit. However, the alleged assassins have escaped to Tibet and the trial judges deem the evidence insufficient to condemn them.

With the initial police enquiries over, an investigative journalist looks at the case in a new way, reconstructing the mystical aspect of the events. This investigation takes us back to the beginnings of the cult with the unexplained death of one of the contemporaries of the Fifth Dalai Lama. The legend surrounding this person's death and his subsequent transformation into a demonic entity has come down through the ages, surfacing at critical moments in Tibet's history.

The Dalai Lama and the King Demon reveals previously untold secrets about the religious and historical details regarding the impact of this cult. It is a fascinating look at a conflict that will involve generations of Tibetans and Chinese, together with Westerners interested in the secrets of Asian civilizations.

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About the author (2013)

Raimondo Bultrini is an investigative journalist with more than 35 years of experience. He has worked for La Repubblica, the leading newspaper in Italy, as well as for magazines including L'Espresso, Il Venerdi, Limes, and Repubblica delle Donne. He also spent years traveling all over South and East Asia as correspondent for one of the bigger Italian editorial groups, La Repubblica/L'Espresso. After becoming interested in Asian philosophy, he became the director of Oriente and Merigar Letter, magazines focused on Asian politics and Buddhism.

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