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Leaving Buddha: A Tibetan Monk’s Encounter with the Living God

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"The compelling account of the search for enlightenment by a dedicated Tibetan Buddhist monk who travels to significant monasteries and temples in Tibet and India, sits under the Dalai Lama, and experiences a growing dissatisfaction due to unanswered questions that ultimately leads him to make the radical decision to leave Buddhism and become a follower of Jesus Christ"--

Where Does the Search for Truth Lead?
When Tenzin Lahkpa is fifteen years old, his parents give him over to a local temple in Tibet as an offering. Unable to change his fate, he wholeheartedly embraces his life as a monk and begins a quest for full enlightenment through the teachings of Buddhism.

From his local monastery to the famed Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, he learns deep mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Yearning to study with the current Dalai Lama, he eventually escapes from China by means of an excruciating, two-thousand-mile, secret trek over the Himalayas—barefoot, with no extra gear, changes of clothing, or money. His dream is realized when he finally sits under the Dalai Lama himself. But his desire to go deeper only grows, leading him to unexpected conclusions….

Follow the fascinating, never-before-told, true story of what causes a highly dedicated Tibetan Buddhist monk to make the radical decision to walk away from the teachings of Buddha and leave his monastery to follow Jesus Christ. Discover the reasons other monks want him dead before he can share his story with others.

Leaving Buddha dares to expose the mysterious world of Tibetan Buddhism, with its layered teachings, intricate practices—and troubling secrets. Ultimately, it tells a moving story about the search for truth, the path of enlightenment, and how no one is beyond the reach of a loving God. This gripping narrative will resonate with people from all backgrounds and nations.

Paperback, 208 pages

Prologe: the great debate --
Learning the ways of Buddha. Born in the mountains of Tibet ; A devout mother ; An overpowering father ; The all-seeing eye ; The childhood of Buddha ; Tibetan Holy days ; Buddha the warrior ; Meeting a monk ; An offering to the temple ; Moving day ; The crucible ; My daily bread ; The prayer flags ; Dark secrets ; First public debate ; Motherly guidance ; The Tibetan practice of spiritual suicide --
A deeper search for enlightenment. First trip outside my village ; Buddhism versus Islam ; Lulled to sleep ; Lhasa ; The assassination ; Joining the resistance ; Feeding yourself to the tigress ; Abhidharma: the highest Dharma ; The search for Abhidharma ; Leaving Tibet ; "I can't go on any longer" ; India ; Dharamshala ; Thiksay monastery --
Enlightened by love and sacrifice. A Christian family member ; "More deadly than Mara" ; Teachings of the Dalai Lama ; The sign of the crooked cross ; What seven years in India taught me ; Back to Tibet ; A Tibetan funeral ; The precious trinity ; Tuberculosis ; The doctor's gift ; Finding Jesus ; Becoming a follower ; Challenging the system ; "Kill him!" ; Escape --
Epilogue: where the lotus flower grows.