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The Third Eye, The Fantastic World of Lobsang Rampa

Eastern Mysticism in the West with Phil Hine

1956 saw the publication of "The Third Eye: An Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama" by one T.Lobsang Rampa to widespread critical acclaim. It quickly achieved best-seller status, but two years later, it's author was 'exposed' as a fraud – an Englishman who had never left the UK. Despite the expose, however, T.Lobsang Rampa went on to write twenty three other books, and has the distinction of being the most widely-read twentieth-century author on Tibetan mysticism.

In this lecture, Phil Hine examines the affair of the so-called “Bogus Lama”. From the initial reception of The Third Eye to the scholarly response and detective story which led to the exposure of Lobsang Rampa in the media. He will discuss Rampa’s relationship to the imagining of Tibet as a mystical Shangri-La and his influence of modern occulture in general. He will also look at key features of Lobsang Rampa’s teachings and his unique approach to the presentation of occult knowledge.

If you’re one of the estimated 15 million people who’ve read one of Lobsang Rampa’s books, or have an interest in the representation of Tibet in modern occultism, then this talk is for you.

Tonight's speaker, Phil Hine, is a magician with a strong interest in examining occultism as a cultural formation and in looking at its relationship with other discursive constructions. He is the author of three books on magical practice: Prime Chaos, Condensed Chaos and The Pseudonomicon. Whilst his most well-known works are on chaos magic, his research over the past few years has concentrated on the reception and reformulations of South Asian philosophies in the West, from Tantra to Theosophy. He is a popular and thought-provoking speaker, and the discussions following his talks are always engaging and challenging.


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Date and Time:

9 September 2008 at 7:15 pm


2 hours



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