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By Diana on 03-06-16
3rd book - follows Doctor From Lhasa, 2nd book
This third book written by T. Lobsang Rampa continues the story of his travels after leaving Tibet during and after wars and while he experiences the worst of humanity, he also continues to recall some teaching, and continues with his astral contacts, telepathy, aura reading, employs his judo training when needed, and has an amazing adventure-filled life.
The toll on his physical body from the various prison camps and jail cells he lived in under the Japanese soldiers, then the Chinese soldiers, then the Russian soldier/police, then the British and USA administrative systems . . . like a horrific version of a Forrest Gump-like tour through history and meeting with historic figures . . . left Lobsang Rampa with a body that wasn't going to last much longer and he still had his mission on earth to accomplish.
This third book details the transmigration process within the story, and it is fascinating.
This third book also had some very moving moments (Your Mileage May Vary) and I experienced some moments where I laughed out loud and some moments where I had tears and felt grief for him.
The writing isn't poetic or beautiful. It's simple writing, moving forward as he tells what happened, or pauses to reflect on and share experiences from his past. But, it is gripping and addictive.
On the reviews for the 2 previous books I mentioned the lobsangrampa website. Well, after reading this 3rd book you may want to explore that website, and especially the section called "hypothesis" where there is a photo of Lobsang Rampa (per the hypothesis) in the Tibetan body (as part of a group photo) and then there is a close-up of the Tibetan face side-by-side with the British face.
There are only a few more Rampa books on Audible to listen to . . . hopefully more will be narrated. The narrator does well - there are only minor editing/production glitches.
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By Christa on 23-12-15
The torture of Tibetans
What made the experience of listening to The Rampa Story the most enjoyable?
I have always been interested in the history of Tibet. What made this book so enjoyable is the way that it explained their way of life & culture.
Which character – as performed by Clay Lomakayu – was your favorite?