T. Lobsang Rampa was preordained to be a Tibetan priest, a sign from the stars that could not be ignored. When he left his wealthy home to enter the monastery, his heart was filled with trepidation, with only a slight knowledge of the rigorous spiritual training and physical ordeal that awaited him.
This is his story, a hauntingly beautiful and deeply inspiring journey of awakening within Chakpori Lamasery, the temple of Tibetan medicine. It is a moving tale of passage through the mystic arts of astral projection, crystal gazing, aura deciphering, meditation, and more - a spiritual guide of enlightenment and discovery through the opening of the all-knowing "Third Eye".
This is the first a series of groundbreaking books written by T. Lobsang Rampa, which catapulted him to international fame in the 1960s and '70s. Rampa's stories touched the hearts of the millions and put them in touch with Eastern philosophy for the very first time. Whatever one might say about him, there is no doubt that Rampa played an important role in bringing Buddhism to the West. His continuing popularity is a result of his deep knowledge of the human psyche and spirit, and his true understanding of the eight-fold path of the Buddha.
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"Thought provoking and delightful."
I enjoyed the story very much and, it has to be said, the narrator's voice and style certainly contributed to that enjoyment, therefore I will most certainly listen to The Third Eye again. The story of a very young Tibetan monks' childhood journey and experiences are both fascinating and endearing. I often found myself emotionally involved with the young monk and frequently found my self smiling at his antics one moment then becoming full of empathy the next. I soon became absorbed in the narrative and came away with, what I hope, is a better understanding of the Buddhist way. There are many surprises waiting in store for the reader and I think I gained a respectful insight into an ancient tradition; this book gave me much to think about. I would certainly recommend and I will definitely be listening, or least reading, some of the authors other books. My one criticism is that I wish they would change the picture on this author's books to something a but more reflective of the contents, they make him look menacing and evil. The content of the book is very far removed from that image.
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