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Magic and Mystery in Tibet Paperback – June 1, 1971
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"I shall cite a question, current in Tibet, which mystic hermits, as well as philosophers living in monasteries, put to their pupils: A flag moves, What is that which moves? Is it the flag or the wind?
The answer is that neither the flag nor the wind moves. It is the mind that moves."
"I may add that average Tibetans are much less eager than we are to investigate psychic phenomena. They take them as certainly uncommon, but not altogether extraordinary occurrences. They have not enough fixed ideas about the laws of Nature of what is possible and impossible to be disturbed by such phenomena. Educated or ignorant, all implicitly admit that everything is possible to him who knows the way of doing it and consequently supernormal feats do not, as a rule, awaken any special emotion beyond admiration for the competent wonder worker."
The author seems to be a skeptic with a life long fascination with the occult. A difficult combination. Despite the author's frequent use of long sentences, I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan on re-reading it in the future.Read more ›
I first read this book in college and have just read it again after many years. It was better the second time around.
The first time, I was entranced by the accounts of exotic magic and mystery. This time I searched for themes and Ms. David-Neel's viewpoint. Dealing with death is the primary theme underlying at least the popular practice of this religion. As for Ms. David-Neel, I was interested in her viewpoint and experience as a Buddhist who did not find the Tibetan version to be her paricular brand. Because of her distance from this version of Buddhism, her accounts of events that she saw or experienced personally are particularly interesting.
Also, the practice in the monasteries in Tibet is illuminated. The point of the Theocracy vs true buddhism is brought out with the exposure of the sham and material based approach of those who are in the business of Buddhism versus those who are in practice of the middle way. The presentation is suttle but none the less obvious. Those following the middle way should read this book in order not to get caught in the web of Theocracy.
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Haven't finished it yet, but it is a good book so far. Brings up interesting ideas.Published 2 months ago by Terry Griner
This book presents a direct, highly personal account of one woman's prolonged and significant experience with Tibetan buddhism. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ronald J.
This account of Alexandra David-Neel's travels through Northern India and Tibet is absolutely fascinating and I plan on reading it again, soon. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carolyn
Excellent. If you are seriously into Tibetan Buddhism and mysticism, this is a treasure.Published 9 months ago by sian
Fascinating. Very real, without any illusion. Highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by Michelle Samuel