author: Brian Beresford, Judith Allan, Julia Lawless
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Availability date: 06/12/2019
This book is the story of a journey to Mount Kailash under the guidance of the Tibetan Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. It also recounts the history of the adventures that led to the discovery of the ancient capital of the forgotten kingdom of Shang Shung. Above all, it is the account of a spiritual pilgrimage: as all pilgrims believe, the path will take them on an inner voyage of transformation from which they will return a changed person. Even when faced with obstacles, hardship, or unforeseen circumstances, there is no turning back.
Based on accurately archived notes of Brian Beresford, a professional photographer and filmmaker, the book contains the records of his many meetings, conversations, and interviews with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu regarding the history and significance of Shang Shung, providing rare and firsthand insight into Tibetan culture, as well as making for lively reading.
PREFACE by Judith Allan ix INTRODUCTION The Roots of Tibetan Civilization by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu xiii CHAPTER 1 Teachings on the Banks of the Brahmaputra 1 CHAPTER 2 The Silk Route, Crossing the Desert 17 CHAPTER 3 Kashgar and the Doorway to Shang Shung 31 CHAPTER 4 Escape to Tibet 43 CHAPTER 5 Ruthog and Its Ancient Rock Inscriptions 53 CHAPTER 6 Gyandrag: Valley of the First King of Shang Shung 63 CHAPTER 7 Kailash: The Sacred Mountain 73 CHAPTER 8 Chiu Gönpa and the Nomads’ Help 85 CHAPTER 9 Search for the Garuda Valley 97 CHAPTER 10 City of the Silver Palace 105 CHAPTER 11 The River Saga 119 CHAPTER 12 The Treasures of Ralung 131 EPILOGUE 143 BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE Chögyal Namkhai Norbu 147 NOTES 149 BIBLIOGRAPHY 167
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