By Foreword by Tenzin Palmo, Thomas K Shor Thomas K. Shor
"A Step clear of Paradise tells the tale of Tibet’s Tulshuk Lingpa, a visionary lama who in 1962 introduced an excursion to what he and his fans believed to be the land of immortality defined in twelfth-century Tibetan culture. With over three hundred disciples, he ventured up a distant Himalayan mountain on the Nepal-Sikkim border with a view to ‘open the way in which’ to a hidden land of lots discovered on no map. Fifty years later, Thomas okay. Shor tracks down the surviving contributors of this visionary excursion and entwines their notable tales of religion and experience together with his personal quest to find the truth of this land often called Beyul. What emerges is a panoramic tale alive with probability, bringing the reader as with reference to the Hidden Land as a e-book most likely can. because the awesome account unfolds, the reader is certain to copy the query consistently raised via the writer in his interviews: after which what occurred? the tale remembers and conjures up one in all humanity's oldest aspirations—that of discovering a stairway to paradise
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It was only much later that Kunsang told me that the boy wasn’t really a tulku, or reincarnation. I never could tell. After that I called him the Tamang non-Tulku. Kunsang is a layperson; he does not shave his head nor does he wear a robe, except on special occasions when he wears the white robe of the tantric practitioners known as the nagpas. Yet he is considered by many to be a rinpoche. Rinpoche, meaning precious one, is the term Tibetans reserve for their high lamas. Kunsang is known as the Dungsay Rinpoche, the title used for the son of a high lama.
That was his title. He was a lama who had taken reincarnation many times at the Domang Gompa, increasing his spiritual insight with each successive incarnation. His name was Dorje Dechen Lingpa. Being a lingpa, one of those rare elites of treasure revealers, he had the spark and could recognize it in the boy. He saw the boy’s easy capacity for both learning and mischief. He observed that though he skipped most of his lessons, he earned the jealousy of his classmates by learning and being able to recite the ancient texts with only a single cursory reading.
Who’d want to? Our tickets were all one-way. ’ Dorje Wangmo laughed so long and hard it was infectious. By the time they got to Tashiding—it took over two weeks to get there in those days—the lama had already left with his hundreds of followers to open the way. So they set off immediately, north to Mount Kanchenjunga. They stopped at Yoksum, the last village on the way, and bought enough food for the long journey: a sack each of ground corn, wheat and tsampa, the roasted barley flour the peoples of the high Himalayas never tire of eating.
A Step Away from Paradise: A Tibetan Lama's Extraordinary Journey to a Land of Immortality by Foreword by Tenzin Palmo, Thomas K Shor Thomas K. Shor