Re-Enchantment by Jeffery Paine
Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West

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The colourful tale of the successful flowering of an obscure, ancient Eastern sect in the modern world. In a single generation, Tibetan Buddhism developed from the faith of a remote mountain people, associated with bizarre, almost medieval, superstitions, to perhaps the most rapidly growing and celebrity-studded religion in the West. Disaffected with other religious traditions yet searching for meaning, huge numbers of Americans have found their way to the wisdom of Tibetan lamas in exile. Earthy, humorous, commonsensical, and eccentric, these flamboyant teachers; larger-than-life characters like Lama Yeshe and Chogyma Trungpa; proved to be charismatic and gifted ambassadors for their ancient religion. So did two Western women, born in Brooklyn and London's East End, whose home-grown religious intuitions turned out to be identical with the most sophisticated Tibetan teachings, revealing them to be reincarnated lamas. With great flair for both the sublime and the human, Jeffery Paine narrates in page-turning, richly informative fashion how Tibetan Buddhism, rarified and sensual, mystical and commonsensical, became the ideal religion for a "post-religious" age.

About Jeffery Paine

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Huston Smith is regarded as one of the most prominent authorities on religions of the world. His classic text, "The World's Religions", has seen multiple editions and has sold in excess of three million copies. He has been the subject of a Bill Moyers' PBS series called "The Wisdom of Faith" and is the author of numerous books, including "Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief, The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life", and "The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition". Jeffery Paine is the author of "Father India, Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West", and "Adventures with the Buddha".
Published January 1, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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Memorable anecdotes, great storytelling and keen observations mark this cogent exploration of the explosive growth of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Paine offers chapters on many famous Tibetans, in

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Re-Enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West by Jeffrey Paine Norton £16.95, pp288 Arnold Toynbee declared that the arrival of Buddhism in the West 'may well prove to be the most important event of the twentieth century'.

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Other chapters profile Westerners who discovered Tibetan Buddhism, like Tenzin Palmo (formerly a Cockney London girl named Diane Perry), who meditated alone for 12 years in an Indian cave and American lama Jetsunma (Catherine Burroughs), a much-married "tough bird from Brooklyn" who was the first...

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There is something very appealing about Tibetan Buddhism, and it is no wonder that it is the fastest growing form of Buddhism in the United States.

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