By Paul G. Hackett
In 1937, Theos Casimir Bernard (1908–1947), the self-proclaimed "White Lama," turned the 3rd American in background to arrive Lhasa, the capital urban of Tibet. in the course of his remain, he collected the biggest choice of Tibetan texts, paintings, and artifacts within the Western hemisphere at the moment. He additionally documented, in either nonetheless images and 16mm movie, the age-old civilization of Tibet at the eve of its destruction via chinese language Communists.
Based on millions of basic resources and infrequent archival fabrics, Theos Bernard, the White Lama recounts the genuine tale in the back of the purported adventures of this iconic determine and his function within the progress of America's spiritual counterculture. Over the process his short existence, Bernard met, linked, and corresponded with the main social, political, and cultural leaders of his day, from the Regent and excessive politicians of Tibet to saints, students, and diplomats of British India, from Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Gandhi and Nehru. even though hailed as a super pioneer through the media, Bernard additionally had his flaws. He used to be an entrepreneur propelled via grandiose schemes, a good-looking guy who shamelessly used his seems to be to dance from wealthy spouse to wealthy spouse in aid of his actions, and a grasp manipulator who concocted his personal interpretation of jap knowledge to fit his ends. Bernard had a vibrant destiny earlier than him, yet disappeared in India through the communal violence of the 1947 Partition, by no means to be noticeable again.
Through diaries, interviews, and formerly unstudied records, Paul G. Hackett stocks Bernard's compelling lifestyles tale, together with his efforts to evoke America's spiritual counterculture to the unfolding occasions in India, the Himalayas, and Tibet. Hackett concludes with a close geographical and cultural hint of Bernard's Indian and Tibetan trips, which shed infrequent gentle at the explorer's mysterious disappearance.