Monday, 29 September 2014

Book Review (DNF): Fearless in Tibet by Matteo Pistono

Publisher: Hay House Inc
Publication Date: 27 May 2014
Genre: Memoir
Source: NetGalley / Publisher (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: eBook
Length: 384 pages


Tertön Sogyal was a 19th century visionary saint whose mastery of meditation led him to become the revered teacher to the 13th Dalai Lama. Known for his deep spiritual insights and service to the nation of Tibet, Tertön Sogyal’s ability to harness the power of the mind was born of his own profound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings while engaging in the world. Tertön Sogyal’s life of striving for perfection against great odds is an example of courageous diligence appreciated by spiritual practitioners of all traditions. And his practical instructions on meditation and opening one’s heart in devotion are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime. In Fearless in Tibet, Matteo Pistono shares Tertön Sogyal’s essential teachings and life story; from the challenges Tertön Sogyal faced during his early yogic training, to exploring the mystic’s inner world of visions and spiritual revelations, to how he worked to bring peace and harmony in Tibet and China. Fearless in Tibet is a journey where the readers will gain their own insight for today’s challenges: transforming negativity into opportunity magnetizing auspiciousness by letting go of attachments resting in awareness of the present moment enriching life by embracing impermanence finding refuge in meditation recognizing the awakened state is already present within Combining riveting storytelling with Tertön Sogyal’s profound spiritual instructions, Fearless in Tibet will infuse the reader’s spiritual path with wisdom and inspiration, as if the mystical yogi himself were present.

My Review:

I found the beginning of this book to be overwhelming - it was  overloaded with names I could barely pronounce, but were nonetheless beautiful. I have never heard of Terton Sogyal before. 

I was expecting an inspiring story, but in fact it turned out to be completely different! The story line is fascinating, but you need to keep focus as it jumps between incarnations and people, which can be confusing.

There is so much information and, again, it gets very confusing - it can seem like an information dump to the uninformed. A lot of it probably went right over my head.

This book is well researched, but I found it to be a bit of a long and heavy read. Although it is really interesting, it just didn't grab me like I wanted it to. I thought it would be a bit more of an enlightening spiritual read. What I did learn from it was that you need to be strong and stand your ground even when it seems like the world is against you and that challenges will come your way and you just need to stay strong and have faith that you are doing what you are meant to do and it will make a difference. It was probably my lack of knowledge and understanding of Buddhism that worked against me. 

Finally Thoughts: Unfortunately this book just wasn't for me right now. 




  1. I didn't know about this one and I don't think it's for me either but I'm sorry it wasn't what you expected

    1. Thanks Melliane. I was hope for and expecting an awesome magical enlightening read. Oh well :) Thanks for the visit!

  2. Talk about information overload! From the tone of your review it sounds like the author wasn't able to transform his research into a spiritual memoir which seems to be the whole point of this book, so I don't blame you for DNF'ing. That's a huge fail IMO. Oh well, fingers crossed that your next read will knock your socks off!

    1. True, guess it just was not for me. I have read some good reviews about this book though. I think if you have the background knowledge it makes it an amazing book.

  3. It's not fun to be confused while reading.

  4. I would probably skip this one just from the cover! Good on you for giving it a try though!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. Lol I do agree the cover is off-putting. I was intrigued by the blurb. It sounded magical and enlightening.. oh well!


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