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 day trip 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 as a way to ‘open the best way’ to a hidden land of lots came across on no map. Fifty years later, Thomas ok. Shor tracks down the surviving individuals of this visionary day trip and entwines their extraordinary tales of religion and experience along with his personal quest to find the truth of this land referred to as Beyul. What emerges is a panoramic tale alive with chance, bringing the reader as with regards to the Hidden Land as a booklet in all likelihood can. because the astonishing account unfolds, the reader is bound to copy the query continually raised by way of the writer in his interviews: after which what occurred? the tale remembers and inspires one in all humanity's oldest aspirations—that of discovering a stairway to paradise
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Extra resources for A Step Away from Paradise: A Tibetan Lama's Extraordinary Journey to a Land of Immortality
These hidden teachings are known in Tibetan as ter or terma, which means treasure. Those who find terma are known as tertons, treasure revealers. Padmasambhava hid things like tantric scriptures. He hid certain ritual objects that, once found, would give tremendous powers. He hid great spiritual insights. But most important, Kunsang explained, he hid the secret valleys like the one in Sikkim—Beyul Demoshong. These valleys are Padmasambhava’s most precious treasures, and the most difficult to find.
They hadn’t a clue what secret trails the lama had taken to find this hidden place, and the mountain was huge—stretching from Sikkim to Nepal and Tibet. Sometimes they came upon stones stacked on top of each other. They believed the lama left those stones to mark the way. So when they saw them, they followed them—and into the snow and windswept heights they went. After a few days her monk-brother gave up and went back to Yoksum. He had begun to fear the heights, which made his mind play tricks on him and he began to have doubts.
He took a blanket, placed it over his knees and warmed to his subject. ‘My father was born in Tibet,’ he said. ‘It was the year of the Fire Dragon, 1916. If you want photographs or records, of course you won’t find them. ’ What he said was true. The distance between the Tibet of that day and the present is unbridgeable, a gap greater in this age of easy transportation than between any two points on the globe. In those days it probably would have taken weeks of arduous travel to go from Golok, his native place, to the closest place with regular communication with the outside world.
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