In the Shadow of the Buddha

In the Shadow of the Buddha

One Man’s Journey of Discovery in Tibet

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452297517
  • 288 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


"Part spy thriller, part Dharma travelogue, part spiritual autobiography . . . 100 percent page-turner."
-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

For nearly a decade, Matteo Pistono evaded Chinese security and smuggled out photos of prisons, secret documents, and firsthand interviews of torture victims and other atrocities committed by the Chinese government. Yet Pistono had not initially gone to Tibet to fight for human rights-but as a Buddhist pilgrim.

After Pistono became the student of a venerated meditation master in Tibet, he began couriering messages to him from the Dalai Lama in India. This began an extraordinary adventure. In the Shadow of the Buddha is both a vivid account of how Tibet’s rich spiritual past is slipping away under repression, and the story of one man who merged political activism with Buddhist mysticism in pursuit of freedom and peace.

In the Shadow of the Buddha

In the Shadow of the Buddha

Written by: Matteo Pistono


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"What a fabulous saga! . . . It is both unearthly and powerfully real." — Robert Thurman, author of Inner Revolution

"Pistono’s account of his quest for spiritual illumination and political justice is heartbreaking and awe-inspiring." — Booklist (starred review)