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The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk

Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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Palden Gyatso was born in a Tibetan village in 1933 and became an ordained Buddhist monk at 18 just as Tibet was in the midst of political upheaval. When Communist China invaded Tibet in 1950, it embarked on a program of "reform" that would eventually affect all of Tibet's citizens and nearly decimate its ancient culture. In 1967, the Chinese destroyed monasteries across Tibet and forced thousands of monks into labor camps and prisons. Gyatso spent the next 25 years of his life enduring interrogation and torture simply for the strength of his beliefs.

Palden Gyatso's story bears witness to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the strength of Tibet's proud civilization, faced with cultural genocide.

©1997 Palden Gyatso. English translation copyright 1997 by Palden Gyatso and Tsering Shakya. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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eye opening account of the state of Tibet

beautiful story that sheds light on the hardship some of these monks have had to endure.

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Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for your time, patience, and effort in writing this book. I regularly donate money to ICT and Free Tibet, but it seems like so little. The Tibetan people have a warm place in my heart.

May all beings have happiness and be freed from suffering, never be parted from the happiness that is without suffering. May all beings abide in peace, comfort, and ease their minds freed from attachment, aversion, and indifference. Thru the practices of love, compassion, joy, and equanimity may all beings reach perfect Boddhahood.

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Free Tibet

I cried so many times listening to this book I had to put in down and come back to listening once I regained my composure. The pain and suffering of Palden Gyatso and so many Tibetans should not be ignored and yet, that is exactly what is happening. Free Tibet is not a slogan but a plea for restoring Peace and Freedom back to a country that never asked for anything from any country, EVER! Until the invasion of China. Now they just ask to be set free. The Chinese government should be held accountable for their continued oppression and lies against these beautiful people. How can we as humans continue to accept the oppression of the Chinese government and more sadly do business with them. I stand for freedom, I stand with the Dalia Lama and in loving memory of Palden Gyatso "Om Mani Padme Hum."

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Insight into Tibetan invasion by Communist China

Unbelievably moving account of suffering inflicted by Communist Chinese. Insight into government and military oppression