29 August, 2013

The Third Eye by T. Lobsang Rampa (1956)

This excellent read was published as the autobiography of a Tibetan monk, covering his life from childhood to a high ranking, aura-seeing lama. There are some remarkable scenes in the narrative, including monks flying inside giant kites high above mountain ravines and an arduous journey to the high Himalaya where they visit a verdant geothermal oasis and encounter yetis. Written in a very accessible style, it inspired many of today's Tibetologists to become interested in the field. Only problem is, the story was actually written by a 46 year old plumber from Devon. But I still loved it.