By Foreword by Tenzin Palmo, Thomas K Shor Thomas K. Shor
"A Step clear of Paradise tells the tale of Tibet’s Tulshuk Lingpa, a visionary lama who in 1962 introduced an day trip to what he and his fans believed to be the land of immortality defined in twelfth-century Tibetan culture. With over three hundred disciples, he ventured up a distant Himalayan mountain on the Nepal-Sikkim border which will ‘open the way in which’ to a hidden land of lots chanced on on no map. Fifty years later, Thomas ok. Shor tracks down the surviving individuals of this visionary excursion and entwines their striking tales of religion and event along with his personal quest to find the truth of this land often called Beyul. What emerges is a wide ranging tale alive with threat, bringing the reader as on the subject of the Hidden Land as a publication in all likelihood can. because the mind-blowing account unfolds, the reader is bound to copy the query continuously raised through the writer in his interviews: after which what occurred? the tale recollects and conjures up one among humanity's oldest aspirations—that of discovering a stairway to paradise
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Lamas make their living by performing pujas, or rituals, often at people’s houses. This was a big jinda, and the puja would last for days. Tulshuk Lingpa brought with him quite a few of his disciples, lamas in their own right who had gathered around him and now lived in his monastery in Pangi. In addition to the good food that would be served to the lamas at such home pujas, there would also be quite a bit of alcohol. While smoking cigarettes was strictly prohibited for lamas, many drank. Tulshuk Lingpa was famous for drinking more than anyone else and still being able to function.
Though devoting his life to a large extent to the dharma, he was also in business for many years. Now that his children and the Tamang Tulku have taken over the daily running of the family clothing stalls, he devotes himself even more fully to the dharma, with much of his day spent sitting cross-legged on his bed with an open pecha, or scripture, before him, white clouds of sang billowing to the heavens outside his window as he performs rituals for himself and his family as well as for others. Many people come to him for teachings and to request him to perform rituals on behalf of the ill.
Knowing my father,’ Kunsang continued, ‘I can only imagine that when he was a child it would have been difficult for anyone to set him on a narrow path of learning. He was sometimes found in the temple reciting esoteric mantras from memory when he was supposed to be in class. His teachers, though at first they didn’t understand how this was possible, began to realize what Dorje Dechen Lingpa knew from the beginning: that Tulshuk Lingpa had an extraordinary destiny before him. ‘My grandfather Kyechok Lingpa had two wives.