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Flight of the Bon Monks: War, Persecution, and the Salvation of Tibet's Oldest Religion
By: Harvey Rice and Jackie Cole

Flight of the Bon Monks, Harvey Rice and Jackie Cole

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Author: Harvey Rice and Jackie Cole
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781644118580
Publication Date: 2024

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Product Code: 9781644118580

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An inside account of the Chinese invasion of Tibet told through the voices of three persecuted monks
  • Shares the true story of three monks' heroic escape from occupied Tibet and the subsequent rebirth of the Bon religion in exile.
  • Introduces Bon, Tibet's oldest religion, and a traditional way of life extinguished by foreign occupation
  • Reveals details of the 1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet and the exodus of thousands of Tibetans to neighboring countries.
Providing an inside view into the Chinese occupation of Tibet and the tenets of Bon, one of the world's oldest but least known religions, this book chronicles the true story of three Bon monks who heroically escaped occupied Tibet and went on to rebuild their culture through incredible resilience, determination, and passion. After taking his vows to become a Bon monk and completing a pilgrimage around 22,000-foot Mount Kailash, the holiest mountain in Tibet, Tenzin Namdak envisions a life of quiet contemplation at Menri, Bon's mother monastery. Instead, he finds himself fleeing for his life across the highest and most difficult terrain on the planet.

After Tenzin's escape party is ambushed and he is severely wounded, Tenzin is taken to a concentration camp, where he overcomes his nearly fatal wound before making an arduous escape from Tibet over the daunting Himalayas.

The other two monks, lifelong friends Samten Karmay and Sangye Tenzin, witness Tibet's capital explode in a violent insurrection against Chinese rule. Escaping to Nepal, they worry about the survival of the Bon religion and begin collecting scattered works of Bon scripture. A chance meeting with British scholar David Snellgrove brings the three monks together and dramatically changes their lives. Tenzin founds a Bon settlement in exile in India, Sangye is chosen as the thirty-third Menri Trizen, Bon's highest office, and together the three monks help rebuild the nearly extinct Bon religion. Aside from the escape of the Dalai Lama, no other escape from Tibet has been so consequential for so many.

Flight of the Bon Monks: War, Persecution, and the Salvation of Tibet's Oldest Religion; Harvey Rice and Jackie Cole; Destiny Books; 296 pages; $29.99

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