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MAGIC AND MYSTERY IN TIBET (1965) by Alexandra David-Neel


MAGIC AND MYSTERY IN TIBET (1965) by Alexandra David-Neel


DAVID-NEEL, Alexandra (Introduction by Aaron SUSSMAN)

Magic and Mystery in Tibet

New York: University Books, 1965. Reprint (New Edition). Hardcover. Tall octavo. Bound in green cloth with gilt titles on black to spine. Top edge stained green. xv + 320pp. 

Evidence of removal of small circular price sticker to front free endpaper. A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket which shows light edge wear and a couple of short tears

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David-Neel, practicing Buddhist, profound historian of religion, and linguist, actually lived in Tibet for more than 14 years. She had the great honor of being received by the Dalai Lama; she studied philosophical Buddhism and Tibetan Tantra at the great centers, meditated in lonely caves and on wind-swept winter mountains with yogi hermits and even witnessed forbidden corpse-magic in the forests. This volume tells the stories of these and other experiences in Tibet, among lamas and magicians. It is neither a travel book nor an autobiography but a study of psychic discovery, a description of the occult and mystical theories and psychic training practices of Tibet. She tells of great sages and sorcerers that she met; of the system of monastic education; the great teachers and their disciples; Tibetan folklore about their spiritual athletes; reincarnation and memory from previous lives; elaborate magical rites to obtain siddhis; the horrible necromantic magic of the pre-Buddhist Bonpa shamas; mental visualization exercises to create disembodied thought forms (tulpas); visions; phenomena of physical yoga, control of the body heat mechanism; breathing exercises; sending “messages on the wind”; and much similar material. An unusual aspect of Madame David-Neel’s book is that she herself experienced many of the phenomena she describes. Particularly interesting are her detailed instructions for tumo (the yoga of heat control) and creation of thought projections.