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Lama of the Gobi: How Mongolia's Mystic Monk Spread Tibetan Buddhism in the World's Harshest Desert
by Michael Kohn
Danzan Ravjaa (1803-1856), officially known as the Fifth Noyon Incarnate Lama of the Gobi Desert, is perhaps Mongolia's most beloved saint. The Fourth had caused so many scandals that the Manchu Emperor banned his reincarnation. Consequently, when the young child was enthroned as the Fifth, the Emperor issued an edict of execution on the boy and all associated with the ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Blacksmith Books(JP)
(first published January 2006)
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Excellent book, well researched history and personality of Danzanraabjaaa, an intriguing monk, poet, playwright, and mystic who loved women as equals and as lovers, loved alcohol, and broke all the rules in creative ways to enrich his culture. I read it twice, and became one of those women who love Danzanraabjaa. Kohn knows his Mongolia, and this book is a real gift to anyone who is interested in Mongolian Buddhism and recent changes in the land of Chingis Khan.