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In the Shadow of the Buddha is Matteo Pistono's own story of how he became a covert human rights monitor in Tibet. Part undercover reporting, part spiritual biography, this book takes readers deep into the heart of Tibet: how Tibetans live today, their rich spiritual past, the tenacity of their faith, and firsthand accounts of repression and abuse by Chinese authorities, smuggled out by one dedicated man.

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In the Shadow of the Buddha is now available in paperback for 10.99 (plus p&p).
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Talk and book launch at the Free Word Centre
[9 September 2011] Tibet Society hosted a talk and book launch by author and undercover reporter Matteo Pistono at the Free Word Centre in London. The audience were treated to a riveting talk with insights into Matteo's journey across Tibet, including in-depth descriptions of traditional life on the plateau, fascinating accounts of religious customs and the stark reality of China's occupation, all accompanied by spectacular photographs. Matteo followed his talk by answering questions from the audience which could have gone long into the night! Tibet Society would like to thank Matteo, Hay House Publishers and the Free Word Centre for their contributions to a great evening.


Philippa Carrick, Matteo Pistono & Riki Hyde-Chambers Matteo Pistono Matteo Pistono talk

Click here to view more photos from the talk (on Tibet Society's facebook page).



Listen and watch Matteo describe his own story - 5 minute video



Matteo PistonoMatteo Pistono is a writer, photographer, political activist and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. He lived and travelled throughout the Himalayas for a decade, evading Chinese security and bringing to the West first-hand accounts and photos of China's human rights abuses in Tibet. He is the founder of Nekorpa, a foundation working to protect sacred pilgrimage sites around the world.  Pistono and his wife, Monica, divide their time between Colorado, Washington DC and Asia.


In the Shadow of the Buddha
One Mans Journey of Spiritual Discovery & Political Danger in Tibet
By Matteo Pistono
With a Foreword by Richard Gere

 

When Matteo Pistono first journeyed to the Himalayas on a spiritual pilgrimage in 1999, little did he know that seven years later he would be undertaking a clandestine mission to deliver a message inside Tibet from the Dalai Lama himself.

In the Shadow of the Buddha is Pistonos story, told in his own words, for the first time. Part undercover reporting, part spiritual biography, this book takes readers deep into the heart of Tibet: how Tibetans live today, their rich spiritual past, the tenacity of their faith, and firsthand accounts of repression and abuse by Chinese authorities, smuggled out by one dedicated man.

Disillusioned by a career in American politics, Pistono originally fled to the Himalayas in hope of a more peaceful and meaningful way of life. On spiritual pilgrimage, he intended to follow in the footsteps of one of Tibets greatest mystics of the 20th century, Tertn Sogyal. But as he visited every notable site of the mystics life, he continually met monks, nomads and everyday Tibetans who shared with him their struggles and strife under an abusive and oppressive Chinese reign. Pistonos travels soon took dramatic new shape.

In the Shadow of the Buddha is a rare public telling of a human rights monitor operating covertly in a closed society. For nearly a decade, Pistono evaded Chinese security and took photos of prisons, obtained secret documents, and smuggled out firsthand interviews of torture victims and other human rights abuses, giving them to the Dalai Lama, NGOs, the US State Department, and Congressmen. Keeping his identity hidden, Pistono regularly briefed reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek on the political situation in Tibet from 2000 to 2007.

In the many years and many places that Ive known him, from India to Washington, Matteo has remained an informed, reliable, skillful, and joyously energized individual, writes Richard Gere. In the Shadow of the Buddha is a fascinating journey to the Tibet of the present and of the past, which at times is both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Praise for In the Shadow of the Buddha:
This story of Matteo Pistonos quest to visit places in Tibet associated with Tertn Sogyal, the adept who was a companion of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, is revealing not only of the Tertns life but also of circumstances in contemporary Tibet.  The Dalai Lama

Part spy thriller, part Dharma travelogue, part spiritual autobiography, In the Shadow of the Buddha is one hundred percent page-turner a real treat anyone can relish. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

Matteo Pistono chose a journey that, inside and outside, would lead him into unfamiliar territory It is this tension of opposite forces and Matteos desire to transcend them that makes this story fascinating. Peter Gabriel

Pistonos account of his quest for spiritual illumination and political justice is heartbreaking and awe-inspiring Pistono tells chilling cloak-and-dagger tales and offers mesmerizing descriptions of haunting landscapes and miracle-performing lamas. But what shimmers most in this riveting and mysterious chronicle, which includes a foreword by Tibet activist Richard Gere, is the courage of those dedicated to the Dalai Lamas vision for real autonomy and religious freedom in Tibet through nonviolent means. Booklist
 
astonishing[a] keen analysis of modern realpolitik Publishers Weekly
 
this book isnt quite like any other, and it makes a useful primer for anyone contemplating making a right livelihood along dangerous paths.
Kirkus




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