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Theos Bernard, the White Lama: Tibet, Yoga, and American Religious Life

Paul Hackett


In 1937, Theos Casimir Bernard (1908–1947), the self-proclaimed “White Lama,” became the third American in history to reach Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. During his stay, he amassed the largest collection of Tibetan texts, art, and artifacts in the Western hemisphere at that time. Based on thousands of primary sources and rare archival materials, this book recounts the real story behind the purported adventures of this iconic figure and his role in the growth of America's religious counterculture. Over the course of his brief life, Bernard met, associated, and corresponded with the major s ... More

Keywords: religious counterculture, Theos Casimir Bernard, White Lama, Lhasa, Tibet, India, 1947 Partition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231158879
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hackett, author