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From a Mountain in Tibet

By: Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Narrated by: John Sackville
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Summary

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Lama Yeshe didn't see a car until he was 15 years old.

In his quiet village, he and other children ran in fields with yaks and mastiffs. The rhythm of life was anchored by the pastoral cycles. Food was carefully apportioned and eaten together, everyone was family.

The arrival of Chinese army cars one day in 1959 changed everything.

In the wake of the deadly Tibetan Uprising, he escaped to India through the Himalayas to start over as a refugee. One of only 13 survivors out of 300 travellers, he spent the next few years in America, experiencing the excesses of the Woodstock generation before reforming in Europe.

Now in his 70s and a leading monk at the Samye Ling monastery in Scotland - the first Buddhist centre in the West - Lama Yeshe casts a hopeful look back at his momentous life. From his learnings on self-compassion and discipline to his trials and tribulations with loss and failure, his poignant story mirrors our own struggles.

Written with erudition and humour, From a Mountain in Tibet shines a light on how the most desperate of situations can help us to uncover vital life lessons and attain lasting peace and contentment.

©2020 Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Very interesting an eye opening story. Loved the narration also. Recommend to anyone max essential listening

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Heartfelt.. Beautiful

Real life.... Meaningful story.,,,,lots of wisdom in the lamas words..
Fantastic listen..... I highly recommend

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Well good init

Great stuff. I liked it. Good listen. Nice voice. Would highly recommend - 15 words

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An insight to Buddhism for the westerner

It's a biography of the lama. Thrilling life story of his. I admire the Tibetan people even more for the endurance in communist regime after reading the book.

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Really excellent

Fascinating life, well narrated. All the more interesting from the bumpy road.
Listened to whole book in a couple of days.

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Inspiring life story

Very well written! An absolutely absorbing life story which is contemplated and seen through the wisdom of the dharma in each chapter. Inspiring!

The narrator had a very pleasant voice, but there was a disturbing change in sound level as if the narrator had to stop the recording and would then start it again in a lower/higher tone of voice. Ofcourse the whole book is probably not recorded in a single session, but this happeneded like 10 times within 10 minutes. In some chapters so often, that it was hard for me to keep my focus on what was said instead of how it was narrated.
Sadly, since the book is really worth a listen for everyone and I will still recommend it.

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An inspiring story

A very clear and understandable explanation about Buddhism through the individual journey of Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche.

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Riveting account of a life

I have an interest in Tibetian Buddhism, but I would recommend this book to everyone, whether they have an interest in Tibet, or Buddhism, or not.

It begins with an account of a childhood in a pre-modern world of Tibet and the monastic system, of a time and place that is now lost. It describes a harrowing escape from Tibet, and different approaches and attempts to establish Tibetian buddhism in the West. There are contemporanious accounts of well known characters in Tibetian Buddhism in the West in the 60's and 70's, notably Freda Bedy, Trungpa and the Karmapa.

Mostly though, it is a story about a life and a person who, it is obvious, is kind, selfless and wise. He has become this way through his own efforts, and the support, faith and trust of people around him.

It sounds terribly cliché to say that Lama Yeshe Losal is a teacher who wants to help people bring about inner peace, but this doesn't make it less true. The account of his life and how he attained peace, despite all of the obstacles, has helped me find more peace in my own life. I believe that it can help you too.

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incredible read. excellent narrator. insightful

An excellent narration of a thought provoking, passionate, heart warming story of taming the mind

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I found the reader's pronunciation of the Tibetan words irritating. Yamyang? BodhiTsattva? It took away from the wonderful book.

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