Lobsang Rampa     

Books written by Lobsang

The Third Eye (1956)             
Doctor From Lhasa (1959)         
The Rampa Story (1960)         
The Cave of the Ancients (1963)                     
Living with the Lama  (1964)         
You Forever  (1965)        
Wisdom of the Ancients  (1965)        
The Saffron Robe (1966)         
Chapters of Life  (1967)        
Beyond the Tenth  (1969)        
Feeding the Flame (1971)         
The Hermit  (1971)        
The Thirteenth Candle  (1972)        
Candlelight  (1973)        
Twilight  (1975)        
As it was  (1976)        
I Believe  (1977)        
Three Lives  (1977)        
Tibetan Sage  (1980)       

Voice Recordings by Lobsang Rampa



Power of Prayer

Books written about Lobsang

Excellently researched material written by Karen Mutton

Introduction To Lobsang Rampa - New Age Trailblazer

and a description of life with the lama by Sheelah Rouse

25 years with T. Lobsang Rampa


Early Pictures of Tibet and Lhasa
Left: Chakpori 1920     Right:  Chakpori 2005 - After conflict with the Chinese in 1959. This was caused by Monks firing a cannon from the top at a Chinese army base just West of Lhasa. The return fire destroyed the monastery. More info: From the Land of Lost content by Noel Barber.
Left: Potala 1936   Right: Potala from base of Chakpori 1984

Left: Front of Potala 1984   Right: Potala from the East 1984

Prayer flags and rocks traditionally placed on top of mountain passes 1984
Left: Sera Monastery outside Lhasa 1984    Right: Top of Sera Monastery 1984   

My photographs of the Body breakers sky burial rock- just north of Lhasa in 1984. This was discussed by Lobsang. Due to the difficulties in burying people, it was considered more respectful to feed corpses to large birds. I have seen this. Early before dawn several friends and I walked out to this rock. At first we had stones thrown at us by the Tibetans - and we kept a respectful distance. As the sun rose, very large birds- I guess they were vultures - the largest wingspan I have ever seen, began showing in the sky and gliding down. The body breakers threw pieces to them, and finally left to let them land on the rock and finish their meal. Pieces of clothes can be seen around the rock.

Left: Drepung monastery 1984 Right: Tibetan women walking- in usual traditional clothing

I also saw a man with a Yak skin boat - carrying people across the river in 1984- as Lobsang describes - probably different man though.
Some early videos show the proctors with wooden staffs as Lobsang described them. There doesn't appear to be any still pictures of them taken by early photographers, though they can be seen in movies of ceremonies in Lhasa in the 50s.
Also videos showing beautiful gardens within walls owned by more wealthy residents of Lhasa as Lobsang describes his family had.
Buttered tea looks terrible- just as he describes- though tastes good.



Monks debating near Lhasa 1984.                                                                         Buddist monk with prayer wheel- Lhasa 1984

Potala taken in 1984 by Paul Coop. View from near top of the remains of Chakpori.


A shrine in an average Tibetans house- 1984 by Paul Coop

Dalai Lama's Summer palace- This is a few km west of the potala and Lhasa.


Lhasa central square                                  Prayer stones and flags. These were placed on the highest part of mountain passes. Each traveler would place another stone or flag. Very often the stones were engraved with writing.


Solar reflector- capable of boiling a cup of water in around 5 minutes. Remember you can put your hand into boiling water at this height, around 4.2 km, as it boils well below 900C. For this reason vegetables are generally stirfried rather than boiled.


Tibetan architecture- a typical farm house.                      Sera Monastery 1984


Proctors- called Dabdobs


Yak skin boat - 1949- Lowell Thomas                                                            Lhasa- Western gate- Lobsang mentions visitors travelling through this gate- 1920-1 Sir Charles Bell.

Lhasa, Bar Chorten, the Western Gate or Pargo Kaling Gateway
This photograph shows the Bar Chorten, or Western Gate, located between the Ch'agpori and Marpori mountains. The photograph was taken on the way from Lhasa. It is from a collection of 50 photographs of central Tibet acquired in 1904 from the Imperial Russian Geographical Society in Saint Petersburg by the American Geographical Society. Bar Chorten is also seen in other sources as Barkokani, Bakokani, and the Gateway of Pargo-Kaling. In The Land of Lamas (1891), W.W. Rockhill writes that the word “chorten” means “offering holder.” Rockhill adds: “Great numbers are built in the vicinity of lamaseries, and serve to point out the roads leading to them. They are also something like the stations in the Catholic 'Path to the Cross', as pilgrims, when journeying to a shrine, perform prostrations before each churten [chorten] met on the way.” In Journey to Lhasa and Central Tibet (1902), Sarat Chandra Das describes the Bar Chorten seen in this photograph: “The larger two-storied house to the right is a private one. From the top of the chorten, wires are stretched to the top of two smaller chortens standing on both sides of the passage; the wires are furnished with small bells. One of the smaller chortens is seen to the left through the branches of a tree.” The photographs in this collection were taken by two Mongolian Buddhist lamas, G.Ts. Tsybikov and Ovshe (O.M.) Norzunov, who visited Tibet in 1900 and 1901. Accompanying the photos is a set of notes written in Russian for the Imperial Russian Geographical Society by Tsybikov, Norzunov, and other Mongolians familiar with central Tibet. Alexander Grigoriev, corresponding member of the American Geographical Society, translated the notes from Russian into English in April 1904.

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