Buddha's Warriors

Buddha’s Warriors

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440628191
  • 448 Pages
  • Tarcher
  • Adult


Buddha’s Warriors is the first book that brings to life Tibet before the Chinese communist invasions and depicts the transition of peaceful monks to warriors with the help of the CIA.

Tibet in the last sixty years has been so much mystified and politicized that the world at large is confused about what really happened to the “Rooftop of the World” when Mao Tse-tung invaded its borders in 1950. There are dramatically conflicting accounts from Beijing and Dharamsala (home of the Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile). Adding to the confusion is the romanticized spin that Western writers and filmmakers have adopted in an effort to appease the popular myth of Shangri-La.

Buddha’s Warriors is no fairy tale. Set in a narrative framework but relying heavily on the oral transcripts of the Tibetan men who actually fought the Chinese, Buddha’s Warriors tells, for the first time, the inside story of these historic developments, while drawing a vivid picture of Tibetan life before, during, and after Mao’s takeover. The firsthand accounts, gathered by the author over a period of seven years, bring faces and deeply personal emotions to the forefront of this ongoing tragedy. It is a saga of brave soldiers and cowardly traitors. It’s about hope against desolation, courage against repression, atheism against Buddhism. Above all, it’s about what happens to an ancient civilization when it is thrust overnight into the modern horrors of twentieth-century warfare.

Table of Contents

Buddha’s WarriorsForeword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Author’s Note
Preface: Levity and Lies

1. Leopard Cubs
2. Rahula Draws His Bow
3. Shotgun Wedding
4. Treacherous Waters
5. Bloodbath and the Bodhi Tree
6. Gompo Tashi and the CIA
7. Tibetans from the Sky
8. Poison Eaters
9. New Hopes and New Devastations
10. Last Stand

Epilogue: Where Is Tibet?

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