Book Review: White Lama by Douglas Veenhof
Review by Michael Laughrin, Michael@jyotish.ws
"White Lama: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet's Lost Emissary to the New World" by Douglas Veenhof is a true-to-life biography that reads like a spiritual fairy tale. It is the thrilling story of the life of Theos Bernard, a Caucasian from Los Angeles. In his less than 40 years on Earth, he managed to receive both a law degree and a Ph.D. But these are not the main things for which he is famous. He was a true devotee of Hatha Yoga. His father was his first serious Yoga teacher.
After getting his law degree, he went to India to seek, and find, other "gurus" of Yoga and Enlightenment. However, in his travels and his studies, he found that his true calling was to immerse himself in the several-thousand-year-old tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He became interested in the path of Tantra (right-hand path) - both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra. But, he eventually discovered that his heart's desire was to follow Buddhist Tantra (AKA Tibetan Buddhism). He never gave up the path of classical Indian Hatha Yoga.
He married twice - each time to a very wealthy woman. His combined his social life, his educational life, and his spiritual life should make most readers say, "WOW!"
Even though he was Caucasian, he was treated as a Tibetan of the highest spiritual attainment.
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