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The Magic of Tibetan Buddhism

The Magic of Tibetan Buddhism

About a Lama Healer and the search of a girl from Limburg

A book about the power of spiritualaty, about insight in human behavior and how to be free from suffering.

Read the foreword by Lama Gangchen Rinpoche in English.

Toet de Best & Karin Zwaan

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Paperback 250 pages
€ 18,95
(Not yet available in English)



Lama Gangchen Rinpoche and Toet de Best

This book tells the wondrous life story of Toet de Best, a rebellious and curious little girl from the catholic south of Holland in the nineteen-forties. When she is nine years old, she has a near death experience. From then, huge vital questions about the meaning of life are popping up: ‘If heaven exists, what will I do there? How long will I have to stay there?’ Her search has started.
Forty years on, after a turbulent life, she meets several Tibetan lamas and finds herself in a world of deep philosophical wisdom and magical experiences. Finally she finds the answers to her questions, but she also is confronted with her demons through her contact with Buddhist teachers. One of the teachers, Lama Gangchen Rinpoche, takes her with him on a journey to Tibet and there she feels like coming home. After this experience she will not leave his side anymore and travels with him all over the world while making an inner journey to more happiness, peace and harmony.


The authors

After finishing her law studies Karin Zwaan (1964) worked for eighteen years as a journalist with a newspaper. In 2010, she left journalism with a wish to write about spirituality. The magic of Tibetan Buddhism is her debut.
Toet de Best (1942) spent the last 25 years serving Lama Gangchen Rinpoche. She is the chairwoman of the Dutch department of his organisation and she organises workshops with Lama Gangchen, Lama Michel and Lama Caroline in the Netherlands.


Twenty-one Taras

The magic of Tibetan Buddhism is written in 21 chapters. Each chapter starts with a verse of the Twenty-one Taras, a song of praise for the 21 emanations of Tara, a female Buddha. Yangchenma is one among these 21. In Tibet, but also elsewhere, this prayer is very popular and is recited frequently during special occasions.
The idea to use this verse as a red thread throughout the book came to Karin when she considered the many different qualities and emanations that she saw in Toet. During her life she had been a smart exploring girl, a naughty child, a rebellious student, a bartender, a shopkeeper, somebody’s wife, a single mum, a human resource manager, a translator for Lama Gangchen, a chairwoman, a cook and so on.