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John Blofeld'S The Wheel Of Life: The Autobiography Of A Western Buddhist

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In contrast to Lobsang Rampa's The Third Eye: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama, John Blofeld's The Wheel of Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist not only reflects the discursive conditions under which it was produced, but also, more importantly, bears testimony to a growing tacit reflection upon such conditions. Firstly, Blofeld's accounts of the various exotic domains that he explored during his travels in the Orient, along with his characterization of Tashiding monastery, where his long journey reached its apogee, in many ways seem to mirror Rampa's various descriptions of his travels and of Lhasa. Secondly, although Blofeld's The Wheel of Life, as an autobiography, bears a passing resemblance to Rampa's The Third Eye, careful scrutiny of the former reveals the extent to which it differs markedly from the latter.

Keywords: John Blofeld; Lhasa; Lobsang Rampa; Tashiding monastery; The Third Eye; The Wheel of Life; Tibetan Lama; Western Buddhist

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