Author: Thomas K ShorPublisher: PenguinYear: 2011Language: EnglishPages: 283ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143415466
A Step Away from Paradise tells the story of Tibet’s Tulshuk Lingpa, a visionary lama who in 1962 launched an expedition to what he and his followers believed to be the land of immortality described in twelfth-century Tibetan tradition. With over 300 disciples, he ventured up a remote Himalayan mountain at the Nepal-Sikkim border in order to ‘open the way’ to a hidden land of plenty found on no map.Fifty years later, Thomas K. Shor tracks down the surviving members of this visionary expedition and entwines their remarkable stories of faith and adventure with his own quest to discover the reality of this land known as Beyul. What emerges is a breathtaking story alive with possibility, bringing the reader as close to the Hidden Land as a book possibly can. As the astounding account unfolds, the reader is sure to repeat the question constantly raised by the author in his interviews: And then what happened?The story recalls and evokes one of humanity's oldest aspirations — that of finding a stairway to paradise.
ForewordIntroduction Chapter 1 – A Crack in the World Chapter 2 – Into the Rabbit Hole Chapter 3 – Eloping Over Mountain Passes Chapter 4 – Behind the Heart of the Buddha of Compassion Chapter 5 – Invasions and Incarnations Chapter 6 – The Place of the Female Cannibal Chapter 7 – Sacrifices, Sponsors and Caves Chapter 8 – The Cell Chapter 9 – The Discovery Chapter 10 – The Reconnaissance Chapter 11 – Geshipa Chapter 12 – The Auspicious Centre Chapter 13 – The Return Chapter 14 – Lepcha Tales Chapter 15 – Monarchical Machinations Chapter 16 – A Historical Digression Chapter 17 – Royal Inquiries Chapter 18 – The MiracleChapter 19 – The Flight Chapter 20 – Opening the Gate Chapter 21 – The Aftermath Epilogue Glossary Dramatis PersonPlace Acknowledgements Photo Credits