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From Lion's Jaws: Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Escape to the West
From Lion's Jaws: Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Escape to the West
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In 1959 a nineteen-year-old lama, Chogyam Trungpa, led 300 Tibetan men, women and children on a desperate nine-month escape from pursuing Communist troops. Trekking across an uncharted wilderness where people had never been, they overcame some of the world's harshest weather and most treacherous mountain terrain. Towards the end, starving and exhausted, they attempted a river crossing under heavy gunfire in flimsy vessels they'd made themselves, and then faced an appalling midwinter climb over the Himalayas.

After half a century this near-mythic escape can now be seen to stand with such legendary accounts of courage, adventure and leadership as Shackleton's 1914-17 Antarctic expedition. While it was sometimes shaken by dissension and even sabotage, it shone with great compassion and good humor -- and touched by moments of a magic gone from the Western world. At heart, it is the story of a group of ordinary people and their young leader taking a vast leap into the unknown, setting out together on one of history's most extraordinary journeys.

Born in South Africa, Grant MacLean graduated in psychology from Harvard University before developing interests in Tibetan Buddhism, history and strategy. His previous publications include a short history of Halifax and, as co-author/translator, the best-selling Denma edition of Sun Tzu's classic Art of War. He lives in Nova Scotia.

1st edition
Softcover, 6" x 9"
350 pages

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