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Book Title: Iniciaciones e Iniciados del Tíbet|
The author of the book: Alexandra David-Néel
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.37 MB
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Edition: La Pléyade
Date of issue: 1976
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Read full description of the books:I loved Matthissen's Snow Leopard and Anagarika Govinda's The Way of the White Clouds. These were insightful, honest, and fascinating travel pieces about Tibet and Tibetans. I hoped this book would be similar. This book was similar, in places. The portraits of lost temples, remote villages, obscure lamas, and mountain families, were compelling. One who knows a good deal about Tibetan art and religion, could appreciate the detail and complexity of these portraits.
Unfortunately, much of the book was much less interesting. It read like the writings of an anthropologist who took detailed field notes, and then felt compelled to copy them into a book for publication. But it is far less interesting to most people to know how many times a lama says particular incantations than to know why he does so or what the affect is on the initiate.
From a religious perspective, this book is a clear, detailed, and surely accurate picture of Tibetan Buddhist initiation. From what I have experienced myself, I can confirm that it rang true. Frankly, the book made me miss my own guru. But few people, even those with initiations already, would find this sort of cookbook, anatomical detail interesting or useful.
I do look forward to reading David-Neel's masterpiece, "With Mystics and Magicians in Tibet." But that is for another day.
Read information about the authorAlexandra David-Néel (October 24, 1868 - September 8, 1969) was a French explorer, anarchist, spiritualist, Buddhist and writer. She is most known for her visit to the forbidden (to foreigners) city of Lhasa, capital of Tibet (1924). She was born in Paris, France and died in Digne, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. She wrote more than 30 books, about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels. Her well-documented teachings influenced the beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and philosopher Alan Watts.
Her real name was Louise Eugenie Alexandrine Marie David. During her childhood she had a strong desire for freedom and spirituality. At the age of 18, she had already visited England, Switzerland and Spain on her own, and she was studying in Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical Society.
In 1890 and 1891, she traveled through India, returning only when running out of money. In Tunis she met the railroad engineer Philippe Néel, whom she married in 1904.
In 1911 Alexandra traveled for the second time to India, to further her study of Buddhism. She was invited to the royal monastery of Sikkim, where she met Maharaj Kumar (crown prince) Sidkeon Tulku. She became Sidkeong's "confidante and spiritual sister" (according to Ruth Middleton), perhaps his lover (Foster & Foster). She also met the thirteenth Dalai Lama twice in 1912, and had the opportunity to ask him many questions about Buddhism—a feat unprecedented for a European woman at that time.
In the period 1914-1916 she lived in a cave in Sikkim, near the Tibetan border, learning spirituality, together with the Tibetan monk Aphur Yongden, who became her lifelong traveling companion, and whom she would adopt later. From there they trespassed into Tibetan territory, meeting the Panchen Lama in Shigatse (August 1916). When the British authorities learned about this—Sikkim was then a British protectorate—Alexandra and Yongden had to leave the country, and, unable to return to Europe in the middle of World War I, they traveled to Japan.
There Alexandra met Ekai Kawaguchi, who had visited Lhasa in 1901 disguised as a Chinese doctor, and this inspired her to visit Lhasa disguised as pilgrims. After traversing China from east to west, they reached Lhasa in 1924, and spent 2 months there.
In 1928 Alexandra separated from Philippe. Later they would reconcile, and Philippe kept supporting her till his death in 1941. Alexandra settled in Digne, and during the next 10 years she wrote books.
In 1937, Yongden and Alexandra went to China, traveling there during the second World War, returning to France only in 1946. She was then 78 years old.
In 1955 Yongden died. Alexandra continued to study and write till her death at age 100.
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