Lord of the Dance


The Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama
By Chagdud Tulku
Foreword by Ken Wilber
Softcover | 350 pages
Also available in eBook formats

H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002) was a highly revered Tibetan meditation master, artist, and healer who taught extensively throughout the world. Lord of the Dance is an account of this life which began in Chagdud Rinpoche's native Tibet and traces his childhood experiences, his escape from Tibet during the Chinese Communist occupation, his life as a refugee in India and Nepal, and his eventual move to the West. This newly revised edition includes an extended photo gallery, a lengthy epilogue penned by Chagdud Khadro (And then what happened . . . ?), and a new cover beautifully designed by Estúdio Insólito, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I have no wings, but still I fly in the sky;
I have no magical power, yet like magic
I journey throughout realms of illusory display,
here and there, in nine directions,
exploring the connections of my karma.

- Written in Mürren, Switzerland by Gargyi Wangkhyug (Chagdud Tulku), whose given name means "Powerful Lord of the Dance"

Chagdud Tulku's story can be read on many levels ~ as a colorful, often humorous adventure story; as an inner, spiritual journey; and as a teaching on how one person attains the perspective of absolute truth amid life's uncertainty. As such it is both inspiring and encouraging, and highly relevant to anyone who seeks ultimate meaning in this time of dire prediction. - From the Foreword by Ken Wilber

This fascinating book is in essence a powerful lesson in impermanence and extraordinary compassion. Rinpoche writes with compelling honesty about the experiences of a man who has lived many lifetimes, even in this one lifetime. A rare treasure, this is an important book that reveals the depth and resilience of the human spirit. - Joan Halifax

H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, a master of the highest Tibetan Buddhist teachings,has given us a wonderful gift, a spiritual autobiography that is a teaching for our uncertain times. From his childhood with his mother, Delog Dawa Drolma, one of Tibet's most accomplished women practitioners, to his escape from Tibet, we are afforded a rare and candid glimpse into the life of one of the great Tibetan tulkus and lama. - China Galland