A true story of love, separation, and rediscovery in a time of cultural and spiritual upheaval in Tibet.
HOLLY GAYLEY is associate Professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on the revitalization of Buddhism in contemporary Tibet, and she has traveled extensively throughout South Asia and China. Her publications address issues of Buddhist ethics, literature on Buddhist women, and studies of collective trauma in Tibet. She is currently conducting research on the Larung Buddhist Academy in Serta.
"An instant classic, Gayley's translations of contemporary love
letters between a Tibetan visionary couple are luminous. The
couple's spiritual courtship animates a relationship that bridges
the traditional and modern, transcendent and mundane. This is an
inspiring page-turner that shows mutually transformative love is
really possible."-Judith Simmer-Brown, author of Dakini's Warm
Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
"Inseparable across Lifetimes tells the amazing personal stories of two Buddhist masters in twentieth-century Tibet, and their love letters are skillfully translated here into soaring yet intimate English. Few publications record this crucial time period after the cultural devastation of Tibet, and fewer still offer such visionary hope for some kind of transformation."-Sarah Harding, author of Niguma, Lady of Illusion
"In a love relationship that was not just based on ordinary passions, but rather the union of incisive knowledge and skillful means, Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tare Lhamo came to know the pure essence of wisdom exaltation as the sacred union of male and female. They used this unobstructed power to work for the welfare of others through their enlightened deeds. I am grateful to Holly Gayley for bringing their exemplary life stories and songs of profound union into the English language so that readers can glimpse the best of our Tibetan Vajrayana tradition."-Lama Chonam, teacher and translator, Light of Berotsana Translation Group
"There is a decided feeling of closeness, care, and devotion in this wondrous tale-a taste of bliss."-Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly