Samye: A Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of Tibetan BuddhismISBN: 1588720837;
Book DescriptionNestled deep in the "Land of Snow" stands Samye, the monastery where Buddhism first took root in Tibet. Join acclaimed photographer Mikel Dunham on a journey to this rarely seen and sacred place. Preceded by a moving and remarkable foreword by the Dalai Lama, Samye: A Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism, is a collection of nearly 200 original color photographs and compelling text that transports readers to this significant site in Tibetan culture. That Samye still exists is nothing short of a miracle. Founded in the year 770 under the guidance of the great Indian Tantric master, Padmasambhava, it has withstood several major fires; 1,200 years of the harsh Tibetan winter; and the devastating invasion of the Red Army. The invasion was almost the monastery's undoing as soldiers destroyed its magnificent golden roof, desecrated its frescoes, burnt irreplaceable ancient texts, and expelled or killed the monks who called it "home." Historically, Samye was the...
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