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Ultraculture With Jason Louv

Mar 4, 2024


In this captivating episode of Ultraculture With Jason Louv, we delve deep into the harrowing tales of survival, faith, and rebirth amidst the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950. Authors Harvey Rice and Jackie Cole join us to share the profound narrative of their latest book, providing an inside account through the voices of three persecuted monks whose lives embody the struggle and resilience of the Tibetan spirit.

Discover the true story of Tenzin Namdak, Samten Karmay, and Sangye Tenzin, who, after the invasion, embarked on a perilous journey from the clutches of occupation to the freedom of exile. Their quest was not just a flight for survival but a mission to preserve Bön, Tibet's ancient and nearly forgotten religion. From the sacred vows at the foot of Mt. Kailash to the daring escape across the Himalayas, and the unexpected alliances formed along the way, their story is a testament to the human spirit's capacity to overcome.

Rice and Cole take us on a journey back in time to witness the violent insurrection in Tibet's capital, the monks' subsequent flight to Nepal, and their eventual gathering of Bön scriptures scattered by the turmoil. 

This episode is not just a historical recount but a deep exploration of the Bön religion's tenets, the cultural genocide faced by Tibetans, and the monumental efforts to rebuild a nearly extinct tradition. Harvey Rice, with his extensive background in journalism, and Jackie Cole, a devoted student of Bön for over two decades, bring unique insights and a heartfelt dedication to telling this story.

Join us for an episode that not only enlightens but inspires, offering a rare glimpse into one of history's most consequential escapes and the indomitable pursuit of cultural preservation.

Show Notes

Rice & Cole: Flight of the Bön Monks

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