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Ani Pachen, Adelaide Donnelly

Preface by Richard Gere

About the Book

Since the publication of Sorrow Mountain in 2000, I have received letters from people throughout the world who felt inspired by Ani Pachen's example. Her courage in the face of devastation, as well as the Buddhist teachings that helped her endure, brought comfort to people experiencing illness, depression, and loss. I heard from others who said they received solace from the book's essential message: the ability of an individual to face unimaginable tragedy and go on. It was a source of great satisfaction to Pachen to know that her story had touched so many, it was the culmination of her dreams. In February 2002 Ani Pachen died in her sleep. Those of us who knew and loved her are comforted that she lived to see the publication of the book. She took great pride in helping to tell the world what happened in Tibet.

"After years of suffering, my prayers have been answered," she often said. "I feel blessed." -Adelaide Donnelley, 2002

About the Author

ANI PACHEN lived in Dharamsala, India, where she devoted her time to her spiritual practices. She chose Dharamsala as her home in order to be near the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Government in Exile. She continued to take part in demonstrations for a free Tibet, and speaks to people from around the world who have conic to hear her story. She is a heroine in the Tibetan community. 

ADELAIDE DONNELLEY lives in Berkeley, California, near her two sons. She has worked as a psychologist, photographer, and write and has recently completed work on Boundary Water, a memoir. She and Ani hspent time together both in India and the United States, collaborating on the book.


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