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

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Leaving Buddha opens a window on the mysterious world of Buddhism. But ultimately, it is a moving story of redemption, reconciliation, and the power of the gospel—for all people of all nations.

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As a child, Tenzin Lahkpa (a pseudonym) was forced to join a Buddhist monastery, where he suffered beatings and abuse. Even so, he grew up to be a dedicated, fervent follower of Buddha, becoming an official reader of the sacred texts and training students at the monastery. Yearning to visit the Potala Palace in Tibet, traditional home of the Dalai Lamas, he embarks on a painstaking 2000-mile trek over the Himalayas—with no extra gear, changes of clothing, or money—alternately standing and bowing prostrate each yard of the way. Inspired to continue his pilgrimage, he travels to India to meet with the renowned teachers of the Dalai Lama school. But the people he is supposed to meet have left, and the only ones remaining there are some Christians, from whom he hears for the first time about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. On his return trip to Tibet, he begins to have dreams and visions about Christ…

This is the fascinating story of a highly dedicated Tibetan Buddhist monk who makes the radical, almost unheard-of decision to leave his monastery and follow after Jesus Christ. His hometown neighbors and former colleagues want him dead. His own family members abduct him and try to kill him by stoning. But Tenzin escapes and begins a new pilgrimage as a humble follower of Jesus and a church leader—sharing the love of God as one of only thirty Christians living among eight million Buddhists in his region.

Leaving Buddha opens a window on the mysterious world of Buddhism. But ultimately, it is a moving story of redemption, reconciliation, and the power of the gospel—for all people of all nations.

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

  1. Julia

    Before a mission trip to Nepal, my trip leader had us read this in order to become acquainted with Buddhism and the culture that we would be stepping into. Wow. It was so insightful and eye-opening to the realities of Buddhism. Tenzin Lahkpa takes readers through his life— from being given to a monastery as a child to pursue Enlightenment to finding “True Enlightenment” in Christ. After reading this, you’ll understand why the title says “Encounter with the LIVING God”. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the hopelessness of having faith in dead gods. In contrast, his encounter with just the NAME of Jesus was radical. Read this book!

  2. walterandtavita (verified owner)

    What an eye-opening book into the intricacies of Buddhism and Tibet. The power of Jesus’ Name makes me feel like we take Him for granted. I am so humbled that we serve such a powerful God. Those raised as Christians, from childhood, as myself, have a vague understanding of the darkness in which people spend their lifetimes. This book is powerful and inspirational. Enjoy!

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