|SURVIVING THE DRAGON: A Tibetan
of 40 Years of Chinese Rule
Arjia Rinpoche (Rodale
- 272 pages with original photographs)
- Introduction by the Dalai Lama
is the story of Arjia Rinpoche’s growing up as the reincarnated abbot
in Kumbum, one of Tibet’s major monasteries. As
a child, he 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.
opens a window to events from inside Tibetan-Chinese history during the
final half of the twentieth century, a conflict that continues today.
Rinpoche published his memoirs in the Mongolian
language in 2009. Work is underway to translate Surviving the Dragon into
Tibetan and Chinese.