By Foreword by Tenzin Palmo, Thomas K Shor Thomas K. Shor
"A Step clear of Paradise tells the tale of Tibet’s Tulshuk Lingpa, a visionary lama who in 1962 introduced an excursion to what he and his fans believed to be the land of immortality defined in twelfth-century Tibetan culture. With over three hundred disciples, he ventured up a distant Himalayan mountain on the Nepal-Sikkim border with a view to ‘open the best way’ to a hidden land of lots came across on no map. Fifty years later, Thomas okay. Shor tracks down the surviving individuals of this visionary excursion and entwines their amazing tales of religion and event along with his personal quest to find the truth of this land referred to as Beyul. What emerges is a wide ranging tale alive with risk, bringing the reader as on the subject of the Hidden Land as a ebook very likely can. because the fantastic account unfolds, the reader is certain to copy the query always raised via the writer in his interviews: after which what occurred? the tale remembers and conjures up one in all humanity's oldest aspirations—that of discovering a stairway to paradise
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But—’ ‘Trust me,’ Tinley said, looking up from the powder in his mortar and pestle, which was as blue as the empty Tibetan sky. He looked me in the eye: ‘I tell you—it will stretch your sense of what’s possible. You’ll think she’s spun the tale in her head. ’ he laughed. ‘She’s away for a few days now on a retreat in a monastery in western Sikkim but she’ll be back tomorrow. ’ I arrived at the appointed time with my tape recorder. Tinley called his mother-in-law. She walked into the room dressed in her nun’s robes.
He looked me in the eye: ‘I tell you—it will stretch your sense of what’s possible. You’ll think she’s spun the tale in her head. ’ he laughed. ‘She’s away for a few days now on a retreat in a monastery in western Sikkim but she’ll be back tomorrow. ’ I arrived at the appointed time with my tape recorder. Tinley called his mother-in-law. She walked into the room dressed in her nun’s robes. One hand was working the beads of her mala, a Tibetan rosary, and the other she ran across the stubble of her shaved head and smiled when she saw me.
I will be leaving soon,’ the older lama said. ‘I am going to Sikkim to try to open the way to Beyul Demoshong, the Hidden Valley where none has been. Thirty are coming with me. But the way is difficult—we must cross the plains of Tibet, braving highwaymen, cross the Himalayan passes south into Sikkim and then climb the slopes of the Mountain of the Five Heavenly Treasures, Mount Kanchenjunga. If I am successful I will never return and we may never see each other again. I want you to know something: There is a remarkable future laid out for you.