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Theos Bernard

Penthouse of The Gods


Penthouse Of The Gods - A Pilgrimage Into The Heart Of Tibet And The Sacred City Of Lhasa.

Bernard recounts his unprecedented 1937 stay in ‘the forbidden holy city’ of Lhasa, Tibet. A student of Buddhism and Tantra, he spoke Tibetan, wore Tibetan attire, boarded with a Tibetan nobleman for three months, visited the great monasteries and temples, and met important dignitaries, ambassadors, and officials. This fantastic account is unparalleled in its detail and authenticity, and offers a glimpse into a place and time completely unrecognisable from the Tibet of today. Theos Casimir Bernard (1908 - 1947) was an author and explorer, most famous for his work in the fields of yoga and religious studies; especially Tibetan Buddhism.

Excerpt: "Life began to stir in the middle of the night, as preparations were being made for the great ceremony. With the dawn I was awakened by the rhythmic beating of drums, the ceaseless drone of sixteen-foot trumpets and the vibrant chanting of thousands of Lamas, as they filed their way to the slab-paved courtyard of the famous temple. For an instant I was startled, wondering where I was that I should experience such strange sensations. Then I remembered. This was the presaging for me of the day of days: I was to appear before the Tri Rimpoche, the highest Lama of Tibet, who was to instal me with my vestments after this ultimate ritual initiation. For months this divine soul had been the unforeseen guide of my destiny; it was he who had prepared me for the final step."

Pages: 371
Cover: Paperback

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