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The Third Eye by T. Lobsang Rampa
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Mar 15, 12

Read in March, 2012


The book was first published in 1956 and I remember it being a favourite during the 60s occultist wave. It always carried a kind of question mark because of the accusations that it was a hoax, which the publishers discussed in their foreword at that time. The writer was apparently an Englishman (Cyril Henry Hoskins) who had never been to Tibet and knew nothing about the place or its beliefs. He claimed to have been 'taken over' mind and soul by the Tibetan Lama, Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, who was the real author.
Hoax or not, it is a marvellous book, and seems perfectly authentic to the untutored. It takes a while to get going, and the early (childhood) chapters have their share of childish cliches, but if you can go along with these, there are treasures in store.
Admirers of Scorsese's film 'Kundun' may like it or, as in my case, love it.
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Mike Davis I will thank him for making me aware of red China's inhumanity.


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