Prisoners of shangri la is a provocative analysis of the romance of tibet a romance that even as it is invoked by tibetan lamas living in exile ultimately imprisons those who seek the goal of tibetan independence from chinese occupation. Originally published in 1998 prisoners of shangri la provided the first cultural history of the strange encounter between tibetan buddhism and the west donald lopez reveals here fanciful misconceptions of tibetan life and religion. Get this from a library prisoners of shangri la tibetan buddhism and the west donald s lopez jr in this book donald lopez provides the first cultural history of the strange encounter between tibetan buddhism and the west charting the flights of western fantasies of tibet and its buddhist . Prisoners of shangri la tibetan buddhism and the west university of chicago press 1 may 1999 isbn 978 0 226 49311 4 italian translation prigionieri di shangri la rome ubaldini editore 1999 french translation fascination tibtaine du bouddhisme de loccident et de quelques mythes paris ditions autrement 2003. Prisoners of shangri la tibetan buddhism and the west in the west lopez argues tibetan buddhism is often so colored by western preconceptions and misunderstandings that little of the true
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