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Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama's Life Under Chinese Rule

April 4, 2010

Kati Garner
Sacramento Press, March 31, 2010

According to a press release, Arjia Rinpoche is recognized as the
reincarnation of Lama Tsong Khapa's father, Lumbum Gye the founder of the
Gelupa (Yellow Hat) sector of Tibetan Buddhism. In 2001 Arjia Rinpoche,
former Abbot of Kumbum, one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Tibet,
founded the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom (TCCW) in Mill Valley,

Rinpoche is the only Tibetan high lama of Mongolian decent. In addition to
the free public talk, Rinpoche autographed his recently released
autobiography "Surviving the Dragon" wherein he speaks to his decades of
imprisonment by the Chinese government.

"Surviving the Dragon" Autobiography

"This is a real story: a herioc account of the oppression of Tibet that
needs to be told. In Surviving the Dragon, the world can hear the suffering
and injustice that burden the Tibetan people and the heartfelt response of a
truly wise lama. Maybe this will help us act. I hope so." JACK KORNFIELD
(book back cover quote).

The introduction is written by his holiness, the Dalai Lama.

As a child, Rinpoche was treated like a living Buddha; as a young man he
emptied latrines, but after the death of Mao Tse Tung, he rose to prominence
within the Chinese Buddhist bureaucracy. When he was slated to become the
tutor of the Chinese selected Panchen Lama, he fled Tibet rather than betray
his Buddhist religion and his Tibetan and Mongolian heritage.

Rinpoche's unique experience provides a rare vantage on this tumultuous
period of Tibetan and Chinese History as well as a glimpse of life inside a
Buddhist monastery in Tibet.

Surviving the Dragon opens a window to events from inside Tibetan-Chinese
history during the final half of the twentieth century, a conflict that
continues today.

Arjia Rinpoche revealed that all proceeds from this book will go directly to
a new hospital being built in Mongolia to treat children with cancer.
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