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Lama Yeshe didn't see a car until he was 15 years old.  

In his quiet village, he and other children ran in fields with yaks and mastiffs. The rhythm of life was anchored by the pastoral cycles. Food was carefully apportioned and eaten together, everyone was family.  

The arrival of Chinese army cars one day in 1959 changed everything. 

In the wake of the deadly Tibetan Uprising, he escaped to India through the Himalayas to start over as a refugee. One of only 13 survivors out of 300 travellers, he spent the next few years in America, experiencing the excesses of the Woodstock generation before reforming in Europe.  

Now in his 70s and a leading monk at the Samye Ling monastery in Scotland - the first Buddhist centre in the West - Lama Yeshe casts a hopeful look back at his momentous life. From his learnings on self-compassion and discipline to his trials and tribulations with loss and failure, his poignant story mirrors our own struggles.  

Written with erudition and humour, From a Mountain in Tibet shines a light on how the most desperate of situations can help us to uncover vital life lessons and attain lasting peace and contentment.

©2020 Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Inspiring reading!

I really enjoyed learning about Buddhism through a personal story of the author. I found myself fully engaged in the story, searching for any available minute to listen to the book. It inspired me to go and find other books to learn more.

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Riveting account of a life

I have an interest in Tibetian Buddhism, but I would recommend this book to everyone, whether they have an interest in Tibet, or Buddhism, or not.

It begins with an account of a childhood in a pre-modern world of Tibet and the monastic system, of a time and place that is now lost. It describes a harrowing escape from Tibet, and different approaches and attempts to establish Tibetian buddhism in the West. There are contemporanious accounts of well known characters in Tibetian Buddhism in the West in the 60's and 70's, notably Freda Bedy, Trungpa and the Karmapa.

Mostly though, it is a story about a life and a person who, it is obvious, is kind, selfless and wise. He has become this way through his own efforts, and the support, faith and trust of people around him.

It sounds terribly cliché to say that Lama Yeshe Losal is a teacher who wants to help people bring about inner peace, but this doesn't make it less true. The account of his life and how he attained peace, despite all of the obstacles, has helped me find more peace in my own life. I believe that it can help you too.

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Inspirational life story of overcoming adversity

What an amazing book, how a young mans life changed, eventually leading him to not only face, but utterly overcome his difficulties, going on to be a spiritual guide and leader who has benefitted millions o people as a result.

One day may we all be like Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and fearlessly strive for the benefit of all beings ❤

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Brilliant

What an amazing story and fantastic teachings throughout. Lana Yeshe is a teacher who an engage with people from any walk of life.

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Am incredible story of an incredible man

Through skilfully telling of his own struggles as a Tibetan refugee disillusioned with his plight in life, Lama Yeshe skilfully weaves insightful teachings learned through the depths of his own difficult experiences in what has been a difficult and tumultuous journey filled with much sadness and grief. Alongside these difficulties, there has much much joy however thanks to the strength of his Buddhist faith, explained in a way that many Westerners can relate to, and which they can use to great effect in their own life to ease their own difficulties and troubles.

Thank You for this precious gift Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche 🙏💖🌈

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Insights into Tibet

This book gives a rich insight into Tibeten Buddhism and one man's journey or path.

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Absolutely gorgeous

Thank you for sharing your life story with us. This helped me a great deal

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Refreshingly honest

Very few books I have listened to give you the feeling that the author is truly opening their heart to you, the reader, as this one does. Not only is this an inspiring story of courage, determination, love and sacrifice, but also a glimpse into the mind of a truly wise and generous being. A pleasure and a privilege to read the book.

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One of the best books !

I’m a Hindu but Buddhism very much interests me . I was searching for books on Buddhism and came across this.
Thoroughly enjoyed it .
A very gripping book, so genuine and such spiritual insights .
It is so inspiring to see the power of mind and I’m so much in awe of Lama Yeshe Losal - who could achieve so much in a single life time specially as spiritual progress is usually described as slow .
The narration is brilliant too- actually can imagine the valleys of Tibet & river Brahmaputra & even partially experience the dark retreat !

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Inspiring life story

I found the reader's pronunciation of the Tibetan words irritating. Yamyang? BodhiTsattva? It took away from the wonderful book.

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  • 03-11-20

Extraordinary story of transformation

This true narrative from sinner to saint is remarkable. Thank you, as it resonates with my story but so completely different from Lama Yeshe Losai Rinpoche's; yet so similar in terms of the process of spiritual transformation through falling upward and needed suffering. This tells of the archetypal heroe's story who, in order to change and mature needs to separate from 'home' and all that is known and familiar on many different levels, and journey through many trials, temptations and struggles and learn from them in the conquering of the demons, dragons and wolves within ourselves, and learn to befriend and integrate them with the result of transformation and deep compassion for ourselves and everyone else and their struggles and trials. It is a story too of complete honesty and vulnerability.

Thank you Lama Yeshe Losai rinpoooche.
Revd Gabrielle Ayerst. Third Order Franciscan

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  • Noah H.
  • 06-02-22

Inspirational life story + Buddhist teaching

Loved it. Very inspirational. Yesterday Rinpoche tells his story of how he was a "hooligan" before deciding to start his transformation at the age of 36.

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  • 03-01-22

Amazing!!!

This was great!!! The author did a great job with the pronunciations too!!!! Give it a go! It is heart warming and honest!!!

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  • Steven
  • 25-12-20

Wonderful.

I found this story to be exactly what I needed and loved it. Thank you Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche for taking the time to write this book.

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  • 16-05-22

Absolutely wonderful to read.

I loved nearly every aspect of this book. The story and what Tibet had to go through when China invaded them is tragic, yet very intriguing, and hearing/reading a first hand account followed by everything else that happened in Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoches life was a beautiful story. Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-22

excellent

i purchased this book unknowing this exact person. though have been exposed to a large amount of the people around him in some fashions at least. Surprisingly this is the fastest book i ever finished. Very good read for the western mind.

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  • Erin R. Andrus
  • 21-01-22

Beautiful

Such an inspiring spiritual journey. I would highly recommend, especially if you’re interested in Buddhism or meditation.

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  • Eleanor Moseman
  • 18-08-21

A Good Firsthand account for someone interested in Buddhism and Tibetan culture.

As someone that’s spent a lot of time in Tibet with both lay people and monks, I found this book a little redundant for what I already knew and had experienced. I’d recommend it for people that have interest but no first hand accounts.

It also is a great little beginner for Buddhist thought, practice, and theory. For me, I let it play in the background and enjoyed having some Buddhist allegories and stories told in easy to understand language and terms.

Overall, a good book.

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  • JK
  • 14-05-21

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

This is such a good book. It takes you through so much in the short 8.5 hrs. So much to think about. I will definitely return to this book at a later date. The narrator mr. John Sackville does an excellent job.
Thanks to everybody involved, JK.

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  • mtheissen
  • 09-05-21

So inspiring

This is a wonderful look into Tibetan Buddhism as well as the sad abs first hand account of the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese. Lama Yeshe delivers a clear message perfect for our current times. It is a message of healing through expanding our awareness of mind, the cause of our trouble in the first place. He illustrates this with true accounts and obstacles he faced through this life. The take away...indeed the obstacles are the path. Thank you Yeshe Rinpoche! I felt as if I were with you in those early days in Tibet!!