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THE THIRD EYE
BY: T. LOBSANG RAMPA
a 187 page PDF eBook
first published in 1909
published by 8bitDownload Publications 2009
"The story and abilities of this Tibetan lama was unbelivable one hundred years ago,
today we can invision his clear wisdom, and understand his talents and unusual powers
as we approach a new age of enlightenment."
The autobiography of a Tibetan lama is a unique record
of experience and, as such, inevitably hard to corroborate.
In an attempt to obtain conformation of the Author's statments
the Publishers submitted the manuscript to nearly twenty
readers, all persons of intelligence and experience, some
with special knowledge of the subject. Their opinions were
so contradictory that no positive result emerged.
Some questioned the accuracy of one section, some of another;
what was doubted by one expert was accepted unquestioningly
The Publishers asked themselves,
was there any expert who had undergone the training of a
Tibetan lama in its most developed forms ?
Was there one who had been brought up in a Tibetan family?
Lobsang Rampa has provided documentary evidence
that he holds medical degrees of the University of Chungking
and in those documents he is described as a Lama of the
Potala Monastery of Lhasa. The many personal conversations
we have had with him have proved him to be a
man of unusual powers and attainments. Regarding many
aspects of his personal life he has shown a reticence that
was sometimes baffling; but everyone has a right to privacy
and Lobsang Rampa maintains that some concealment is
imposed on him for the safety of his family in Communist-
occupied Tibet. Indeed, certain details, such as his father's
real position in the Tibetan hierarchy, have been intention-
ally disguised for this purpose.
For these reasons the Author must bear—and willingly
bears—a sole responsibility for the statements made in his
book. We may feel that here and there he exceeds the
bounds of Western credulity, though Western views on the
subject here dealt with can hardly be decisive. None the
less the Publishers believe that the Third Eye is in its essence
an authentic account of the upbringing and training of a
Tibetan boy in his family and in a lamasery. It is in this
spirit that we are publishing the book. Anyone who differs
from us will, we believe, at least agree that the author is
endowed to an exceptional degree with narrative skill and
the power to evoke scenes and characters of absorbing and
FROM THE AUTHOR
I am a Tibetan. One of the few who have reached this strange
Western world. The construction and grammar of this book leave
much to be desired, but I have never had a formal lesson in the
English language. My "School of English" was a Japanese prison
camp, where I learned the language as best I could from English
and American women prisoner patients. Writing in English was
learned by "trial and error".
Now my beloved country is invaded-as predicted-by Com-
munist hordes. For this reason only I have disguised my true name
and that of my friends. Having done so much against Commun-
ism, I know that my friends in Communist countries will suffer if
my identity can be traced. As I have been in Communist, as well
as Japanese hands, I know from personal experience what torture
can do, but it is not about torture that this book is written, but
about a peace-loving country which has been so misunderstood
and greatly misrepresented for so long.
Some of my statements, so I am told, may not be believed.
That is your privilege, but Tibet is a country unknown to the rest
of the world. The man who wrote, of another country, that "the
people rode on turtles in the sea" was laughed to scorn. So were
those who had seen "living-fossil" fish. Yet the latter have recently
been discovered and a specimen taken in a refrigerated aeroplane
to the U.S.A. for study. These men were disbelieved. They were
eventually proved to be truthful and accurate. So will I be.
T. LOBSANG RAMPA
Written in the Year of the Wood Sheep.
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