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Re-Enchantment : Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West,9780393019681

Re-Enchantment : Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780393019681

ISBN10:
0393019683
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
Publisher(s):
W W Norton & Co Inc
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Summary

The colorful tale of the successful flowering of an obscure, ancient Eastern sect in the modern world. In a single generation, Tibetan Buddhism developed from the faith of a remote mountain people, associated with bizarre, almost medieval, superstitions, to perhaps the most rapidly growing and celebrity-studded religion in the West. Disaffected with other religious traditions yet searching for meaning, huge numbers of Americans have found their way to the wisdom of Tibetan lamas in exile. Earthy, humorous, commonsensical, and eccentric, these flamboyant teacherslarger-than-life characters like Lama Yeshe and Chogyma Trungpaproved to be charismatic and gifted ambassadors for their ancient religion. So did two Western women, born in Brooklyn and London's East End, whose homegrown religious intuitions turned out to be identical with the most sophisticated Tibetan teachings, revealing them to be reincarnated lamas. With great flair for both the sublime and the human, Jeffrey Paine narrates in page-turning, richly informative fashion how Tibetan Buddhismrarified and sensual, mystical and commonsensicalbecame the ideal religion for a "post-religious" age. 15 photographs.

Table of Contents

Introduction A Thousand Years in the Eye of God 3(18)
Book I TIBET, BEFORE
Was
21(32)
Book II WORLDS IN COLLISION
Everyone Was Dear
53(25)
Playboy of the Gods
78(37)
Book III DAKINIS DESCENDING A STAIRCASE
A Tibetan Hermit, Made in England
115(25)
Interlude: An American in Tibet
140(4)
The Reincarnation with the Beautiful Fingernails
144(21)
Book IV BUDDHA: THE SCREEN TEST
Coming Attractions
165(18)
The Star
183(33)
Book V IN SEARCH OF THE ORDINARY: 3 VISITS
Introduction
209(7)
The Buddhist Gatsby and a Modest Old Friend
216(13)
Into the Closet
229(12)
To Hell and to Jail
241(12)
Conclusion For a Future to Be Possible 253(10)
Biographical Note and Acknowledgments 263(4)
Index 267


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