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When he was a child, Tenzin Lahkpa (pseudonym) was forced into a Buddhist monastery where he suffered beatings and abuse. Despite the harsh upbringing, he grew up to be a dedicated follower of Buddha. He was an official reader of their sacred texts, and he trained students at the monastery.
He embarked on a challenging 2000-mile trek over the Himalayas in order to visit the Potala Palace in Tibet, the traditional home of the Dalai Lamas. He had no extra gear, changes of clothing, or money. He switched between standing and bowing each yard of the way. Along the way, he traveled to India to meet the renowned teachers of the Dalai Lama school. The people was supposed to meet were gone. The only ones left were some Christians, who taught him about Jesus for the time in his life. He heard about the the love of Jesus and the sacrifice on the cross. On his journey back to Tibet, he began having dreams and visions about Christ.
Leaving Buddha is the fascinating story of a devout Tibetan Buddhist monk who made the radical decision to leave his monastery and follow Jesus Christ. His hometown neighbors and former colleagues want him dead. His own family members have tried abducting him and stoning him. Tenzin escapes these threats on his life and begins a whole new pilgrimage as a humble follower of Jesus and a church leader. As one of only thirty Christians living among eight million Buddhists in his region, he shares the love of God as best he can.
Leaving Buddha reveals some of the mysterious practices of Buddhism. This moving story of redemption, reconciliation, and the power of the gospel is for the all people, of every nation.