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Theos Bernard, the White LamaTibet, Yoga, and American Religious Life$
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Paul Hackett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158879

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158879.001.0001

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Tibetland and the Penthouse of the Gods

Tibetland and the Penthouse of the Gods

(p.316) Eleven Tibetland and the Penthouse of the Gods
Theos Bernard, the White Lama

Paul G. Hackett

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Theos Casimir Bernard's use of Tibetland and the Penthouse of the Gods in pursuit of his dreams. Through Theos's charm, Ganna Walska had bought (and been sold on) Tibetland and the Penthouse of the Gods. With the purchase of the Cuesta Linda estate—Tibetland—Theos was ready to put his plans into motion. Over the years since his return, Theos had attempted to maintain contact with his various friends in India and Tibet. He informed S. K. Jinorasa that he had succeeded in establishing an institute in America and wanted Gedun Chöpel to come and join him at once. Theos then began the construction of a Tibetan temple on the grounds of Tibetland, declaring it as the site of an “Academy of Tibetan Literature.” He also re-enrolled at Columbia University and reconnected with his advisor, Herbert Schneider. In addition, he resumed his New York lectures and began once again to teach yoga classes. During this time, Theos met Helen Park, who was supportive of his decision to return to India and Tibet.

Keywords:   yoga, Theos Casimir Bernard, Tibetland, Penthouse of the Gods, Ganna Walska, Gedun Chöpel, temple, Tibetan literature, Columbia University, Helen Park

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