Friday, 29 August 2014

A Step Away from Paradise: A Tibetan Lama's Extraordinary Journey to a Land of Immortality by Thomas K. Shor

"A Step Away from Paradise tells the story of Tibet’s Tulshuk
Lingpa, a visionary lama who in 1962 launched an expedition
to what he and his followers believed to be the land of
immortality described in twelfth-century Tibetan tradition.
With over 300 disciples, he ventured up a remote Himalayan
mountain at the Nepal-Sikkim border in order to ‘open the way’
to a hidden land of plenty found on no map. Fifty years later,
Thomas K. Shor tracks down the surviving members of this
visionary expedition and entwines their remarkable stories of
faith and adventure with his own quest to discover the reality of
this land known as Beyul. What emerges is a breathtaking story
alive with possibility, bringing the reader as close to the Hidden
Land as a book possibly can. As the astounding account unfolds,
the reader is sure to repeat the question constantly raised by
the author in his interviews: And then what happened? The
story recalls and evokes one of humanity's oldest aspirations—
that of finding a stairway to paradise "

Read the Foreword on Google books