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 the intention to ‘open the way in which’ to a hidden land of lots stumbled on on no map. Fifty years later, Thomas ok. Shor tracks down the surviving individuals of this visionary excursion and entwines their impressive tales of religion and event together with his personal quest to find the truth of this land often called Beyul. What emerges is a wide ranging tale alive with hazard, bringing the reader as on the subject of the Hidden Land as a booklet in all likelihood can. because the stunning account unfolds, the reader is certain to copy the query regularly raised by way of the writer in his interviews: after which what occurred? the tale recollects and conjures up one in every of humanity's oldest aspirations—that of discovering a stairway to paradise
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It’s not necessary for you to become a nun,’ he said with a glint in his eye to the beautiful young woman who was to become Kunsang’s mother. ‘Come with me. ’ This was not without its controversy, beyond the kind which might connect itself to any young couple deciding to run off together. To understand why, you have to know that Tibetan Buddhism is divided into four branches. The oldest branch, closest to its Bonpo roots, is known as the Nyingma. Tulshuk Lingpa was a Nyingma. Then there are the Kagyus, Sakyas and the Geluks.
Tulshuk Lingpa’s half-sister Tashi Lhamo married a Tibetan man who was trained by the CIA. They escaped to Nepal and received asylum in France. Now they live and have homes in Paris, New York and Kathmandu. Sometime in Tulshuk Lingpa’s teens he left home. We know he went to Lhasa. Already, he was recognized as something extraordinary and had sponsors. Since most lamas don’t work for their keep, they need sponsors to keep them. Tulshuk Lingpa had sponsors in Lhasa who were high officers with the Dalai Lama.
After all they reveal hidden treasures, and because of this they are especially revered among Tibetans and—like precious jewels—they are exceedingly rare. You cannot train to become a terton. You are born with the ability—or not. No amount of study can make you a terton. In fact, too much learning might very well take the ability right out of you. ’ Kunsang explained that his father’s name was Tulshuk Lingpa. Lingpas are like the elites of tertons. ’ ‘And the name Tulshuk,’ I asked. ’ To understand that, Kunsang told me, we have to go back to Golok, north of Kham, in eastern Tibet.
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