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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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Tibet, Tantrikas, and the Hero of Chaksam Ferry

Tibet, Tantrikas, and the Hero of Chaksam Ferry

(p.158) Eight Tibet, Tantrikas, and the Hero of Chaksam Ferry
Theos Bernard, the White Lama

Paul G. Hackett

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Theos Casimir Bernard's travel to Tibet and his studies of Tibetan culture and society. As his days that followed in Gangtok were mostly spent waiting for Dorje Tharchin and the pack mules to arrive, Theos took the opportunity to spend time with Sir Basil Gould. Although he had hoped to engage him in a philosophical discussion, to his disappointment, Theos discovered that Gould was of the typical British disposition concerning Tibet, Buddhism, and tantra. Still worried about permission to visit Lhasa, Theos remained convinced that a good fall-back plan would be to ingratiate himself with Suydam Cutting and casually suggest that he accompany him to Lhasa. This chapter looks at Theos's Tibetan journey, including his visit to Dung-kar Monastery as well as his meetings with the Gyantse Dzongpön, Chokte, and Dasang Damdul, one of the Great Thirteenth Dalai Lama's most closely trusted advisors.

Keywords:   tantra, Theos Casimir Bernard, Tibet, Dorje Tharchin, Basil Gould, Buddhism, Suydam Cutting, Dung-kar Monastery, Chokte, Dasang Damdul

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