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The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Regionby Jamyang Wangmo
Synopses & Reviews
The Lawudo Lama presents two life stories along with an extended introduction laying out their social and cultural context. It takes place in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, the home of the famous Sherpa guides, where the people practice Tibetan Buddhism and revere the local lamas and yogis. The stories are centered in Lawudo, a small village in the Khumbu region, and the central figure is the renowned Lawudo Lama.
The first Lawudo Lama portrayed, Lama Kunzang Yeshe (1864-1946), was a yogi of the Nyingma lineage who spent much of his life meditating in a cave near Lawudo, and his life is reconstructed through meticulous research of written and oral histories. The second story is of Kunzang Yeshe's reincarnation, a monk of the Gelug lineage known as Lama Zopa Rinpoche, whose story is given in a first-person narrative. Lama Zopa is well known in the West as the author of several books and as the Spritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which has more than 100 affiliate Buddhist centers worldwide. Lama Zopa Rinpoche travels and teaches extensively to large audiences and has thousands of students.
The Lawudo Lama will appeal to travelers to Nepal, to Buddhist practitioners, and to scholars trying to understand the culture of the region. It is well documented, and is accompanied by more than 125 color and black and white photos, drawings, lineage charts, and maps.
This book provides fascinating insights into the culture of the people who live in the shadow of the world's highest mountain.
The life of the modern Tibetan master Lama Zopa Rinpoche is presented in a compelling first-person narrative along with a meticulously researched biography of his previous incarnation, the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe. In Lawudo Lama, both of these life stories are set against the backdrop of the culture, geography, and history of the Khumbu region of Nepal. This book is lavishly illustrated with rare archival material, including 81 color images, 44 black and white photos, drawings, lineage charts, and maps.
In the shadow of the world's highest mountain live the Sherpas of Nepal. The Lawudo Lama reveals fascinating details of Sherpa life through the stories of two great lamas: Kunga Yeshe (1865-1946), a revered lay yogi of the Nyingma tradition, and his reincarnation, Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, a monk of the Gelug lineage and the head of a Buddhist organization with more than one hundred affiliate centers worldwide. Lama Zopa's first-person account of his life provides an intriguing window into the dramatic changes modernity has brought to the Everest region. Taken together, the stories in The Lawudo Lama offer an unprecedented glimpse into a century of tradition and change in the Himalayan world.
About the Author
Jamyang Wangmo (Helly Pelaez Bozzi) was born in Spain in 1945 and trained in law. After spending time in India and Nepal, she decided to take ordination as a Buddhist nun in 1972. She has spent much of the past few decades doing retreats in Dharamsala, India, and in Lawudo, while also researching and writing this book.
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