A few days ago I finished reading Matteo Pistono’s just published book “In the Shadow of the Buddha”. I found it an extremely captivating read! It weaves together several fascinating stories. One is Matteo’s personal spiritual journey. He gives an inspiring account of studying with his teachers in Tibet and India, as well as in the West. Two of his main teachers are Khenpo Jigme Puntsok and Sogyal Rinpoche, who are both considered to be reincarnations of the great Tibetan mystic Tertön Sogyal. A second strand in the book is Matteos historical research into the life of Tertön Sogyal and the historical political spiritual happenings in Tibet at the beginning of the 20th century. Tertön Sogyal was a close teacher to the famous 13th Dalai Lama. A third theme is Matteo’s activites gathering information of the heart wrenching violations of human rights in Tibet that have been and still are committed by the Chinese government. And finally you also get an account of what it is like to travel through modern day Tibet.
I think In the Shadow of the Buddha is an eye-opening must read for any Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and I equally highly recommend this book to anyone else.