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Sangye Tenzin, Tenzin Namdak & Samten Karmay

A Tibetan Story About

Escape

Three monks escape from brutal Chinese repression of their religion. One is chased by the Chinese army across the Changthang Plateau and escapes by traversing the Himalayas. Two others flee Lhasa about the same time as the Dalai Lama and make their way across the Himalayas ahead of a Chinese border shutdown.

War

The severely outmatched Tibetan army makes a stand against the Chinese invasion. The Tibetans are willing to fight, but they are sold out by a government official who becomes a Quisling for the occupying Chinese. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency becomes involved in the Tibetan resistance, training guerrillas and airdropping weapons.

Compassion

The escaping monks are helped during their escape by nearly everyone they meet, ensuring their survival. David Snellgrove, a British Tibetologist who meets the monks, encounters a refugee with a wooden leg and takes him to London to get a new one made of titanium.

The Authors

A journalist and a veterinarian

Harvey Rice & Jackie Cole

Harvey Rice is a retired journalist who worked for the Houston Chronicle, where he covered the 2003 Gulf War from Qatar, and was part of the Chronicle’s Enron investigative team. Jackie Cole is a veterinarian and a long-time Bön student who lives in Galveston, Texas, with her husband, Harvey Rice. They enjoy the island along with their dogs and cats.

What is Bön?

The Ancient Religious Tradition of Tibet

Yungdrung Bön has rich traditions and sophisticated philosophy and teachings. In many ways similar to Buddhism, these teachings and practices help to cultivate the heart-mind of compassion and wisdom. The founder of Bön is Tonpa Shenrab Miwo, who, according to Bön tradition, first brought the Bön teachings to what is now Western Tibet 18,000 years ago.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has acknowledged that Bön is the native religion of Tibet, and one of the five core spiritual traditions of Tibet. The Dalai Lama has further said that to understand Tibetan culture and history completely, one must understand Bön, and both support and preserve it.

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