Lama Ole Nidahl book:
Riding the Tiger:
Twenty Years on the Road:
The Risks and Joys of Bringing Tibetan Buddism to the West
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Review by Jason Anderson from Monterey, CA USA
Lama Ole Nydahl is a unique figure in modern Buddhist history — first Western student of the Black Hat lama, H.H. the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa, married, lama 'without robes', and spiritual figure personally chosen by the Karmapa to teach and make foundations in his name — and 'Riding the Tiger' is filled to overflowing with his particular energies and gifts. It is a galloping book that takes the reader around the world, inviting him in for a close-up look at the making of a Buddhist center for meditation and study, and Lama Ole has successfully started over one hundred such centers. And a deep look, as well, at the nature of Buddhism in the West, how it has been transplanted, how it has flourished.
With due respect to another of the reviews on this page, Lama Ole's defense of Diamond Way Buddhism and of the singular wishes of the XVIth Karmapa, and his willingness to discuss the schism that has taken place within the Kagyu tradition, with two reincarnations of the Karmapa presently recognized by two differing factions, is certainly not childish, nor does the conflict itself necessarily reflect negatively on the Kagyu lineage. It is to Lama Ole's credit that while focusing his attention on the spreading of the Dharma, he does not shy away from the controversy. Perhaps that is because he holds the truth of this historical situation in his mind and heart, and therefore need not fear the light of day when looking at this controversy. It is certainly interesting that the 'other' 17th Karmapa, the one 'recognized' by Beijing, has recently escaped over the mountains to Dharamsala! Did not the Lord Buddha say "I show you suffering and the ending of suffering?" This is a magical book and a magical ride!
email@example.com from Chicago, U.S.
Lama Ole, One of the first western desciple of His Holiness Karmapa describes the joy and struggles of discovering the true nature of our mind.He honestly tells us about his feeling while taking the huge responsibility of bringing Tibetan Buddhist Teaching to the west. Plus, one can enjoy his travel adventure to south asia and Tibet and the description he gives about people and places he has confronted. This book is very much successful to shade light on the true nature of Guru- Desciple relationship. His devotion and confidence on Karmapa,( Reincarneted Buddhist Master, also Head of, one of the school on Tibetan Buddhism) is really Illustrious! Thanks! for sharing your treasure, Dear Lama Ole.