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Leaving Buddha

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Leaving Buddha dares to expose the mysterious world of Tibetan Buddhism, with its layered teachings, intricate practices—and troubling secrets.

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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.

"Since Augustine’s Confessions, religious and spiritual memoirs have attracted readers in search of inspiration. The memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies that are a staple of the category include testimonies of conversion (from no faith to faith, or from one faith to another), of spiritual triumph through suffering, and of social activism spurred by religious beliefs.

Conversion comes from a Latin root for turning, and in religion, that means turning from one spiritual path to another. Conversion can come at a price: Leaving Buddha: A Tibetan Monk’s Encounter with the Living God by Tenzin Lahkpa, with Eugene Bach (Whitaker House, Feb. 2019), tells how Lahkpa (a pseudonym) converts to Christianity and is rejected by friends and family, abducted, stoned, and imprisoned. He escapes to become one of very few Christians in Tibet, where he now evangelizes for the faith. Bach has written and coauthored a number of books about the persecution of Christians in regions where the religion is officially outlawed or taboo."    ~Publishers Weekly


“Yes?” I responded to the unknown voice yelling down the corridor after me.

“There is someone outside looking for you.”

I ended my meditation, stood up, and walked to the door. As I stepped outside, I saw a kind-looking young man, a little older than I, pacing around.

“Tenzin?” he said as soon as he saw me. I nodded.

“I’m Peema. Your uncle told me that you have been looking for us.”

“Ahh…so good to see you. My uncle told me that I had family living here, but I didn’t even know where to start. I was told that your family was living in Dharamsala. I asked around about you, but no one knew where you were.”

“Yes, we used to live in Dharamsala, but we moved to America a year ago.”

“I heard that you are a monk.”

“I used to be, but not anymore.”

I pulled my head back in surprise. “Not anymore? What happened? Did you decide you needed a wife?” I asked jokingly. Marriage was the number-one killer of monastic living.

“Not exactly,” he said a bit sheepishly. “Do you care to take a walk?”


Peema and I strolled down the side of the mountain from the mon­astery. There wasn’t really anywhere to walk to, but taking a walk in the shadow of the mountains and away from the listening ears of other monks seemed to be what my relative wanted to do.

“My family is living in America and they really like it a lot. America is nothing like Tibet or India. Everything there is so much better. Everyone has a car, a house, and a mobile phone.”

“How did you get to go to America?” I asked.

“We were invited by a Christian man. Their church sponsored our visa and have helped us.”

“Christian?” I had heard the word before. I knew that it was the reli­gion of Westerners but didn’t know anything about it.

“Yes. There was an American who came to Dharamsala and told us about Jesus. We listened to him, and what he had to say changed our lives forever. We have never been happier, and we are doing better than any generation before us.”

I was shocked at what he was saying. Although I didn’t know much about the religion of the Christians, I did know that Tibetans hated their religion. Even Hindus, who recognize almost every god under the sun, hate Christians."

Eugene Bach is a pseudonym for a member of the Chinese underground church who does not wish to be identified. He has been working with the underground church in China for more than fifteen years, helping them to establish forward mission bases in closed countries around the world, including Iraq and Syria.

Author Lahkpa, Tenzin
Coauthor Bach, Eugene
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 206 pp.
Publisher Whitaker House 2019
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