By Paul G. Hackett
Based on hundreds of thousands of basic resources and infrequent archival fabrics, Theos Bernard, the White Lama recounts the genuine tale at the back of the purported adventures of this iconic determine and his function within the development of America’s spiritual counterculture. Over the process his short lifestyles, Bernard met, linked, and corresponded with the main social, political, and cultural leaders of his day, from the Regent and excessive politicians of Tibet to saints, students, and diplomats of British India, from Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Gandhi and Nehru. even though hailed as a super pioneer via the media, Bernard additionally had his flaws. He used to be an entrepreneur propelled by means of grandiose schemes, a good-looking guy who shamelessly used his appears to be like to bop from wealthy spouse to wealthy spouse in help of his actions, and a grasp manipulator who concocted his personal interpretation of japanese knowledge to fit his ends. Bernard had a vivid destiny sooner than him, yet disappeared in India through the communal violence of the 1947 Partition, by no means to be noticeable again.
Through diaries, interviews, and formerly unstudied files, Paul G. Hackett stocks Bernard’s compelling existence tale, with his efforts to evoke America’s spiritual counterculture to the unfolding occasions in India, the Himalayas, and Tibet. Hackett concludes with an in depth geographical and cultural hint of Bernard’s Indian and Tibetan trips, which shed infrequent mild at the explorer’s mysterious disappearance.
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