Gaby Naher: Wrestling the Dragon In Search of the Boy Lama Who Defied China

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Ct that Tibet has had an independent status for thousands of years and several Chinese emperors recognized Tibet s sovereigntyThe author discusses the horrors of the Cultural Revolution as the Communists ruthlessly pushed for the destruction of all ancient culture and traditions and and all spiritual and religious thoughtThe Chinese worked to destroy the Tibetan s reverence for all life and forced them on to collective farms this enforced disruption of the Tibetan way of life caused mass starvationMuch of the world has swallowed the lie of the Communists that they were rescuing the Tibetan people from feudalism and the agitprop against the Dalai LamaThis book helps us to remember the forgotten and little told story of the Tibetan people which has all but completely disappeared from the media in the last decade. Orld attempted indoctrination by the Chinese his short life provides a fascinating insight into the Contemporary Tibetan struggle while his future as a religious leader of lobal significance is already being forecastTo write this story Gaby Naher intends to travel throughout the region and interview key players of the Tibetan Government in Exile as well as religious figures in the ar.

E of the world s Offenders and Detainees greatest totalitarian superpower in the world today Communist China the Karmapa is a young spiritual leader of an ancient line in Tibetan BuddhismThe author describes the history of Tibet and the holocaust by the Chinese Communists of Tibet s peopleThe author points out As a result of China s occupation of Tibet it is estimated that between 500 000 and 2 million Tibetans have lost their lives Six thousand monasteries have been destroyed Between 130 000 and 12 million Tibetans live in exile in India Nepal and a handful of western nations while an estimated 2 500 Tibetans flee Tibet each yearThe author outlines the historyoing back thousands of year of the Karmapas She also outlines the bloody Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 The Chinese claim Tibet as an integral part of China despite the fa. E day replace the Dalai Lama in the hearts of six million Tibetans Today he lives under house arrest ostensibly being 'protected' by the Indian Government which is likely protecting its relationship with ChinaSo begins the true story of the 17th Karmapa of Tibet a story which has all the elements of a cracking tale magical portents at his birth a village childhood on the Roof of the

A fascinating read if you are interested in Tibetan Buddhism and the history and Chinese occupation of Tibet I enjoyed the author s choice of each chapter being in 3 parts one part her journey eually fascinating one part details of previous Kamarpa incarnation and one part life of the 17th Kamarpa While I found it challenging to keep track of the various religious men I decided to let that part of the detail just connect where it may as the ist of the story was the most important If you feel the need no doubt you can follow up on of th In this highly personalized and human account Australian author and Tibetan rights activist Gaby Naher tells the story of her experiences of visiting Tibet and provides a portrait of the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje Kept a as a virtual prisoner in India due to the pressur. He's master of the PlayStation he listens to rap music he writes poetry and in his eighteen year old hands may hold the future of the Tibetan people He is Ogyen Trinley Dorje a Tibetan lama and the seventeenth incarnation of the Karmapa third in line to the Dalai LamaWhen he was fourteen Ugyen fled Tibet and began his journey into exile and the Chinese lost the boy they hoped would on.

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Gaby Naher worked as a literary agent publicist and bookseller in Sydney London and New York She is also the author of four books