Product Description. Gendun Choephel is a legendary figure in Tibet. Believed to be the reincarnation of a famous Buddhist lama, this promising young monk. Visionary, artist, poet, iconoclast, philosopher, adventurer, master of the arts of love, tantric yogin, Buddhist saint. These are some of the terms that describe. A new translation of The Passion Book brings to light author Gendun Chopel’s belief that even sexual pleasure could be a path to enlightenment.

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How could an Empire be prosperous unless its common people are exploited? I wonder, despite his scholarship, whether the term cool-guy meant anything to him. I remember that I was impressed.

He also wrote on the subject of politics, and became involved with the Tibet Improvement Party, which was based in Kalimpong.

Anthology of Tibetan Poets

He was a philosopher, historian, artist, translator, traveller and a campaigner for the modernisation of Tibet. It attempts to reconstruct early human history from pre-Vedic times to the then modern India In the secretariat of Comrade Zhdanov A.

He did succeed in thisto a certain extent. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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One of the reasons for his expulsion from the communist party was perhaps his strong genduj attachment to Hindi. A compelling story, beautifully told.

Stalin was then in control of the Soviet Union. Yet it took such an “errant” chpephel to expose the corruption choephrl hypocrisy that apparently pervaded the very closed Tibetan political system prior to it’s “liberation” by Mao Zedong and his People’s Army. Retrieved from ” https: He translated the Dhammapada from Pali into Tibetan.


If you are a seller for this product, would you like choepyel suggest updates through seller support? An overlooked corner of modern Tibetan history is revealed in Luc Schaedler’s Angry Monk, the fascinating story of Gendun Choephel, regarded now as one of Tibet’s leading intellectuals of the 20th century but once reviled and imprisoned for daring to dream of a society open to democratic development.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Disillusioned with a culture that worshiped tradition and feared innovation, Choephel left the stifling regimen of monastic life in in the company of Rahul Sankrityayan, an Indian scholar of Buddhism and communist activist for Indian independence.

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However, it’s been a while since I looked at it, and so I can’t give you specifics. The remarkable thing about the book is the way it presents history as a series of stories of imaginary characters. After staying with the sadhus for nearly a year, he returned home for a brief period ; and, then again left for Varanasi to study Sanskrit under a Vaishnav pundit, Baba Ram-udar Das. Who knew gednun Tibetans keep pictures of Chairman Mao on their walls to ward off demons?

Most of the books and manuscripts he brought genun from Tibet had been lost in India; but preserved in Tibet.

Anthology of Tibetan Poets – G.C. (Gendun Choephel)

Sources of Tibetan Tradition. He seems to have been quite a cool guy: By about this timehe gave up his monastic status. He wrote his diaries in Sanskrit. In honour of him, Patna MuseumPatnahas a special section, where a number of rare manuscripts, paintings and other items collected by him are displayed.


Buddhism Buddhism in the West Buddhist modernism. While in England, the celebrated Indologist Theodor Stcherbatsky was greatly impressed by the scholarship of Sankrityayana ; andinvited him to Russia. Share your thoughts with other customers.

That was very fascinating. He was promptly expelled from the communist party and USSR, after about a decade of his life as a communist. He was accused of using history as a vehicle to carry his Marxist ideologies. One person found this helpful.

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Every woman has a man. ButSankritiyayana tried to project it as an age of tyranny and oppression. Shortly after the occupation of Lhasa by the Chinese army, Gendun Choephel diedchoepheel the middle of October, The well known historian Kashi Prasad Jaiswal wrote: Views Read View source View history. The documentary is superb, yet fails to demonstrate how the Communist Chinese unjustly assassinated hundreds of thousands of innocent Monks while forcing them to perform inhumane atrocities!!

He learned photography as well. His Russian wife and son were not allowed to accompany Rahul to India. Today, even in Buddhist countries everybody knows that the world is round.

What he had brought back was a literary treasure. Review A beautifully observed blend of egndun, road movie, history and travelogue.