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Chronicles of Love & Death: My Years with the Lost Spiritual King of Bhutan Paperback – May 7, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Vajra Publications (May 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9937506484
  • ISBN-13: 978-9937506489
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 A work of compassion and wisdom, a must read for anyone interested in the sacred love practices of Tantric Buddhism. A compelling story, it reads like a detective novel cum spiritual thriller. Highly recommended.'
--Jo Nash

Mesmerizing! I couldn't stop reading! Norma Levine writes candidly about her secret love affair with humility, passion and devotion while balancing her personal struggles with the politics and culture of Tibetan Buddhism and Bhutan. --MJ New York

A poignant, riveting memoir, an exquisitely written tale of love and woe between a beautiful western spiritual seeker and the reincarnation of a great tantric Buddhist master. Romantic, sexy, spine tingling and spiritually informed.  
--Mary Young

From the Author

This is the most significant book I've written. It concerns a relationship with the great Mahasiddha, the Shabdrung of Bhutan who was exiled to India because his reincarnations had been murdered by the hereditary kings of Bhutan from 1934 onwards.  I would call it an historical memoir, an intimate love story, an unbelievable, true story of multi-dimensional reality. Although it happened in the early 80's, I didn't start writing it till 2004 when an experience triggered it off and made me realize that the great Shabdrung had given me this story as a gift to tell to the world.

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I lived and practised meditation for 5 years at Sherabling Monastery in Himachal Pradesh; traveled extensively in Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladakh, Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh; and organised pilgrimages to Mt. Kailash in Western
Tibet and the hidden land of Pemako in Arunachal Pradesh (NE India),

As well as writing three books, I have written for some of the major London newspapers: The Observer, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian. The Times Literary Review in London carried the first story about the Karmapa at his enthronement in 1992 at Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet: A Star is Raised and Borne.

I started the first natural food shop in Hay on Wye, one of the first outside London. On returning from India in 1986, I established a web based mail order business, Windhorse Imports to provide Buddhist meditation artefacts to a growing community and sold it in 2003. I was appointed the England media co-ordinator for the Karmapa 2010 Europe Tour (which was cancelled).

I have an M. Phil in drama and literature from the University of Toronto and completed a PHD thesis before escaping academic life to live in the book town of Hay-on-Wye
on the Welsh borders, famous for its International Literary Festival. I still spend some of the year in India but live in the UK .

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Love Norma Levine's writing. She is forthright, and has experience that cannot compare to the Buddhism we practice in the West today. An early journey to Asia when Buddhism was just beginning to be taught in the West, she decides to immerse in the practice and culture or Buddhadharma as is taught in the traditional way. Norma Levine is so courageous and committed. She is an inspiration in her unblinking, truthful storytelling. At the end of the book, Norma Levine interviews 4 people who all experienced the same event. Every person described something very different from the other, yet the writer was able to see the truth shining through each and see that they encompassed what occurred. I am so glad that she is willing to share her life story. I read Blessing Power of the Buddhas a few years back and decided then that I would read any books she wrote. I look forward to reading The Miraculous 16th Karmapa as well. Since the material is very specific in its genre, I have given it 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have sent it to a friend.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Sherab Gyatso on July 13, 2011
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Reading the book quickly, with an air of happiness for the fact of such a story making it into the print in such a well written and well intentioned way. I can not seem to stop thinking of an image which follows something like this:
"A mirror which is Eastern civilization - a reflection of the Western civilization, culture, way of thinking.."
-As in, the west is there in dependence on the fact of east being there.
Where the author is a representative of sorts, for the West that comes to the point of meeting the East, both in reality is just space, wisdom in nature. And whoever can see past these reflections will understand what Tulku Urgen is quoted to say in one of the books left to us: "How far do you have to reach out to touch the space?".
-There is a very complex set of references to mirrors and reflections throughout the book.
Like here:
"...The bodhisattva himself is like the moon and ordinary beings are like a lake. If the lake moves, the reflection moves, if the lake is clear, the reflection is clear... (and more on page 255) ...'How I see him is just a reflection of my own disturbances rather than how he actually is?' I asked. `It is an interdependent manifestation.'..."

Just how often we make things happen in our lives, but then again how seldom is it possible to come to any level of comprehension of what is going on in our lives at any moment and then when it is "too late" or "too far gone" it is just that, surely not the stuff for any kind of a book. Here in this book author very honestly describes her whole range of emotions that was reflected in the space of the relationship with this great lama."

Very good quote opens Chapter 1:
"Making mistake after mistake I walk the unmistaken path" - Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso.
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