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T. Lobsang Rampa was preordained to be a Tibetan priest, a sign from the stars that could not be ignored. When he left his wealthy home to enter the monastery, his heart was filled with trepidation, with only a slight knowledge of the rigorous spiritual training and physical ordeal that awaited him . . . .
This is his story, a hauntingly beautiful and deeply inspiring journey of awakening within Chakpori Lamasery, the temple of Tibetan medicine. It is a moving tale of passage through the mystic arts of astral projection, crystal gazing, aura deciphering, meditation, and more, a spiritual guide of enlightenment and discovery through the opening of the all-powerful, the all-knowing . . . .
"Fascinates the reader!" -- Miami Herald
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; FIRST BALLANTINE BOOK EDITION edition (June 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345340388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345340382
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 107 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This author wrote a total of 19 affordable paperbacks on the topics of Tibet and the forgotten mystic abilities of mankind. You may have heard the stories about the author, that he was a "hoax", not who he claimed to be. Read the books! He openly discusses all of these accusations, and often states that because his story is so unusual, he is often disbelieved. Then, once you tire of the whole controversy regarding the author, you will still be left with a wealth of down-to-earth information about topics considered "out of this world". If you are seriously interested in the possibilites of reincarnation, astral travel, meditation, etc. but you don't want to read a bunch of New Age jibber-jabber, read The Third Eye and any other book by T. Lobsang Rampa. The author's writing style is warm and humourous, interweaving the lessons with stories from his facinating life experience. I have read and re-read all 19 of his books so I am obviously a fan...but I was skeptical at first. You will be too, because the story is unlike any you've ever heard. Never mind, whether you consider his work fact or fiction, Rampa's books are page-turners one and all. (Note: those who mentioned their wish to contact the author...unfortunately, this is not possible because he passed away in 1981.)
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By M. Reed on June 16, 2004
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Was this book a universal coming of age for many of us who are now in our 40's and 50's? Many have commented that they read this when they were 10-15 yrs old, and it made an incredible impression on them. This experience is mentioned on many of the websites dealing with Rampa, to include skeptic blogs, etc. Even if it is fantasy, isn't it interesting that it made such an impression on so many of us at such an early age? I was probably 12 yrs old when I read his books, as my older brother and Mom were very into the occult, and it seemed very natural to me. I remember after reading the books, seeing auras, which I accepted as normal at that age. I'm no longer seeing auras, and I am not into new age subjects, but I must give cudos to a book that could/can continue to affect me 40 yrs later. Hoax? Spiritual hijack? Who cares...it made me a more spiritual person, made me respect the souls of others more, and continues to stay with me MANY years later. I'd say it's a classic.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By World_Guru on August 18, 2010
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You are reading this and you read the other reviews but this will suffice your curiosity. Neither the reviewers that support Lobsang's message (and here is a first hint: HIS message NOT him is what counts) such as I or the ones that fully reject him AND his message have tried to do, search, explore, sense and perceive what his books TALK ABOUT.
Most people that have been to Tibet believe the average Lama is capable of performing the things talked about in the book. WRONG! WRONG! AND WRONG!

You will need to read another 'hoax' author that interestingly enough, clearly states that very, very, very few humans are able to perform such things. Carlos Castaneeda is his name and he finds his 'Lobsang', his personal guru in the middle of the desert, just a poor indian on a dusty bus stop... but this was not ordinary native indian (read: no ordinary human being). Only difference between Castañeda and Lobsang? The first comes from native-american tradition and the second comes from asian, eastern tradition but remarkably, both say the same things which is the following: there is a way for average people to 'disconnect' from the physical world/reality at will, this in turn will allow such being (remember, a disconnected mind from the body is no longer a human being but just a being) to EXPERIENCE 'impossible' things in this and other 'realities'.

After reading two 'hoaxes' such as Rampa and Castañeda, I suggest you read a third author, this one has not been called a 'hoax' because unlike the other two authors, he understands that our western way of looking at life is intrinsically linked to science nowdays, meaning, we must provide an EMPIRICAL way to experience what those books talk about.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Martin on December 18, 2003
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This is a very short review. I read "Third Eye", "The Saffron Robe", and a number of other Rampa books when I was 11-12 (35 years ago.) I've been a Buddhist ever since: I read his explanation of the Four Great Truths* and right then and there knew.
Yes, Cyril Hoskin never went to Tibet; read the parts about Tibet as Victorian theosophist fantasy, like reading "Lost Horizon". Yes, his stories about the spiritual practices of Lamaist/Tantric Buddhism are mostly fantasy: read them as such, like reading "Lord of the Rings".
Doesn't matter. The stories are fun, and the heart of Buddhism is in them.
* Four Great Truths: (1) Our day to day life is full of suffering and frustration; (2) suffering and frustration arises because we try to cling to a fixed universe that suits us, rather than accepting the transitory nature of things; (3) by learning not to cling, we overcome this suffering; (4) the Buddha's collection of skillful practices is a way to learn not to cling.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John Rack@AOL.com on June 24, 1998
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I first read this book in 1973, (which made the best seller list in 1957) and could not put it down. Dr, Rampa, (who I am told died in 1983) was a Tibetan "Lama", a recongnized incarnation, according to the Buddist religion. After being educated as a medical lama at the Chakpori Lamasery in Lhasa, he traveled to China in the 30's to complete his medical education. While serving with the Chinese army during W.W.II, he was captured by the Japanese. He escaped, and traveled the world for the next decade, including the U.S. Eventually his body, broken from years of torture at the hands of the Japanese and Russians, wore out. He returned to Tibet in the 50's and "died". With the help of the secret Tibetan metaphysical master lamas, he underwent a "transmigration", in which his astral body took over the body of an englishman, who was about to commit suicide (this person worked for the local waterworks, hence the derisive term "plumber", which was used by the British tabloid press in an attempt to ridicule him). Read about this in "The Third Eye"," Doctor From Lhasa", and The Rampa Story". I corresponded with Dr. Rampa several times in the '70's, and I can tell you he was a real person. I loved all his twenty odd books, and also the two books written by his wife. Read them , and learn about the real occult world. He is passing on the true ancient wisdom held within the land of Tibet for eons, the true story of human evolution and potential.
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