When I was in England, I wrote The Third Eye, a book which is true, but which has caused muchcomment. Letters came in from all over the world, and in answer to requests I wrote this book,Doctor from Lhasa.My experiences, as will be told in a third book, have been far beyond that which most people haveto endure, experiences which are paralleled only in a few cases in history. That, though, is not theobject of this book which deals with a continuation of my autobiography.I am a Tibetan lama who came to the western world in pursuance of his destiny, came as wasforetold, and endured all the hardships as foretold. Unfortunately, western people looked upon meas a curio, as a specimen who should be put in a cage and shown off as a freak from the unknown.It made me wonder what would happen to my old friends, the Yetis, if the westerners got hold of them - as they are trying to do.Undoubtedly the Yeti would be shot, stuffed, and put in some museum. Even then people wouldargue and say that there were no such things as Yetis! To me it is strange beyond belief thatwestern people can believe in television, and in space rockets that may circle the Moon and returnand yet not credit Yetis or "
Unknown Flying Objects,
" or, in fact, anything which they cannot holdin their hands and pull to pieces to see what makes it work.But now I have the formidable task of putting into just a few pages that which before took awhole book, the details of my early childhood. I came of a very high-ranking family, one of theleading families in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. My parents had much to say in the control of thecountry, and because I was of high rank I was given severe 1training so that, it was considered, Ishould be fit to take my place. Then, before I was seven years of age, in accordance with ourestablished custom, the Astrologer Priests of Tibet were consulted to see what type of careerwould be open to me. For days before these preparations went forward, preparations for animmense party at which all the leading citizens, all the notabilities of Lhasa would come to hearmy fate. Eventually the Day of Prophecy arrived. Our estate was thronged with people. TheAstrologers came armed with their sheets of paper, with their charts, and with all the essentials of their profession. Then, at the appropriate time, when everyone had been built up to a high pitch of excitement, the Chief Astrologer pronounced his findings. It was solemnly proclaimed that I shouldenter a lamasery at the age of seven, and be trained as a priest, and as a priest surgeon. Manypredictions were made about my life; in fact the whole of my life was outlined. To my great sorroweverything they said has come true. I say "
" because most of it has been misfortune, andhardship, and suffering, and it does not make it any easier when one knows all that one is tosuffer.I entered the Chakpori lamasery when I was seven years of age, making my lonely way along thepath. At the entrance I was kept, and had to undergo an ordeal to see if I was hard enough, toughenough to undergo the training. This I passed, and then I was allowed to enter. I went through allthe stages from an absolutely raw beginner, and in the end I became a lama, and an abbot.Medicine and surgery were my particular strong points. I studied these with avidity, and I wasgiven every facility to study dead bodies. It is a belief in the west that the lamas of Tibet neverdo anything to bodies if it means making an opening. The belief is, apparently, that Tibetanmedical science is rudimentary, because the medical lamas treat only the exterior and not theinterior. That is not correct. The ordinary lama, I agree, never opens a body, it is against his ownform of belief. But there was a special nucleus of lamas, of whom I was one, who were trained todo operations, and to do operations which were possibly even beyond the scope of westernscience.In passing there is also a belief in the west that Tibetan medicine teaches that the man has hisheart on one side, and the woman has her heart on the other side. Nothing could be moreridiculous. Information such as this has been passed on to the western people by those who haveno real knowledge of what they are writing about, because some of the charts to which they referdeal with astral bodies instead, a very different matter. However, that has nothing to do with thisbook.My training was very intensive indeed, because I had to know not only my specialised subjects of medicine and surgery, but all the Scriptures as well because, as well as being a medical lama, Ialso had to pass as a religious one, as a fully trained priest. So it was necessary to study for twobranches at once, and that meant studying twice as hard as the average. I did not look upon thatwith any great favour!But it was not all hardshi, of course. I took man tris to the hiher arts of Tibet-Lhasa is