A remarkable book full of magic, touching humanity and laughter. The accounts have the same vibrant, joyful and yet deeply moving qualities with which those fortunate enough to have met The 16th Karmapa all seem to become illuminated by when they talk of him. As many of those who knew the 16th Karmapa get older, Norma Levine has done a great service in gathering together their stories for future generations to wonder at and enjoy. There are many photographs throughout, often taken from personal collections not widely seen elsewhere before. Hopefully this book will be read throughout and beyond the Buddhist community as a collection of encounters with a phenomenal man who was, at one and the same time, entirely beyond the everyday experience of most of us, and yet so deeply grounded in it as to be immediately accessible.
This is a wonderful book, full of astonishing and inspiring encounters and stories. It is a fascinating glimpse into a timeless and precious world of the miraculous and the sacred. Read it!
I’d heard and read much of the great 16th, and was always sorry that the heady days of my youth had distracted me enough to miss his visit to the UK during the 70’s. Strangely, after meeting the 17th Karmapa, I began to dream about the 16th……and this book has filled in what I had missed. It is divided into 3 sections, each dealing with one of the three continents he lived on or visited; India/Tibet, USA and Europe. The Indian accounts of meeting him are fantastic and at the same time told with a pragmatism and ordinariness, but a really touching account of an extraordinary relationship came from Goodie Oberoi of the Indian Hotels group; it brought me to tears. On the other hand the folk in the US tell us stories that weave magic and wonder, so surprised were they to encounter such a being in their own backyard. Ken and Katia Holmes give wonderfully detailed information about the place of Buddhism in the West at that time, and describe their own crazy 6 month journey with the Karmapa around Europe in a red bus full of birds. Amongst all the special tales there’s an intriguing one of the shrine room in the Welsh hills that filled more than twice its capacity for the Black Crown ceremony, and shrank back to size afterwards. Wonderful true life stories such as the rest of us can only dream of. Thank you Norma.
A great collection of personal experiences of people who came in contact with His Holiness 16th Karmapa.
How wonderfull and inspiring can a meeting be with a living Buddha like Him.
Every reader, Buddhist or not, will be blessed by these stories.
A truly inspiring book, since arriving I have been reading and re reading and resonating with all these significant experiences. Thank you Norma for taking the time to compile this book for us all to share.
Don’t Delay reading this amazing book!, May 12, 2014
This book has the power to give you a transmission as you read it.
If you ever wanted to understand how Buddhism came to the West, this book is for you.
If you ever wanted to understand how to have more peace in your heart and mind, this book is for you.
While I was reading this book, I could feel as if i was with the 16th Karmapa!
And I so enjoyed knowing the coarse of his travels as he spread the 2,600 year old teachings into the West.
A great read!
Touching and inspirational stories, May 5, 2014
Auspicious stories of His Holiness 16th Karmapa. Touching and inspiring. Reading the book I felt as if I met His Holiness.
BETTER THAN EXPECTED a very interesting read is one book to give to others interested in Buddhist Tantra as a gift they will treasure.