March 17, 2017 Talk on The Siam Society about writing the biography of Sulak Sivaraksa

The invitation of the event is below:

Sulak Sivaraksa’s Birthday : Harvesting Fruit of Wisdom

We invite you to attend to our Honorable Teacher Sulak Sivaraksa in his 84th Birthday Ceremony and to celebrate The Suksit Siam Book Store in her 50th Anniversary. On March 17, 2017.

At The Royal Siam Society (near MRT Sukhumvit or BTS Asok)

15:45 *Special Remarks: – Sumet Jumsai na Ayudhya – Vichai Chokevivat, MD. – Thaworn Sikkhakosol – Apinan Poshyananda Moderated by: – Pongkwan Lassus

17:30 *Burmese Traditional Musical Performance & Dinning *Thai Flute Performance by Noraphat Phabanjongjit 19:00 *Performance “Lam-Tad” by Ajahn Tuk Kae *Sulak’s 84th Birthday Wish by Anand Panyarachun *Musical Interlude by Ohm (Violinist)

19:30 *Book Launch Event by Matteo Pistono

20:00 *Shakespeare’s Plays by Pradit Prasartthong (Tua)

21:30 *Closing Speech by Sulak Sivaraksa Contact Information : T: 08-6763-6644, 08-9642-4333 E: law_dit@hotmail.com ATTENTIONS:

– It would be pleasure if you use the public transportation instead of the private ones. – Please do not bring any gifts.

– You can donate to Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF) for the New Social Engaged Buddhist University (under the INEB Institute) Construction Project Management. The receipts for this charitable donation can be an Allowance and Exemption after Deduction of Expenses.

Book launch of French translation of "In the Shadow of the Buddha"
Sous le regard du Bouddha. Ce que le Tibet m'a révélé – Matteo Pistono – éd. Amrita Italie

Le 19 mai, a 20h, au centre Rigpa 6 bix, Rue Vergniaud Levallois

A la fois biographie spirituelle et reportage haletant mené dans la clandestinité, cet ouvrage réunit dans une même quête des vérités spirituelles longtemps cachées et les violations en temps réel des libertés religieuses au Tibet. ""Sous le regard du Bouddha"" est un livre sur le Tibet, vu à travers les yeux d'un adepte, un étranger se cachant mais « au grand jour ». Il évoque combien le riche passé d'une culture est en train de s'éteindre face à la force d'un futur tyrannique. Il parle de la manière dont vivent aujourd'hui les Tibétains et de la ténacité de leur foi, en dépit de la terrible répression et des abus subis. Il raconte également le propre voyage de Pistono, mêlant activisme politique et mysticisme bouddhiste. C'est l'histoire d'un homme qui a fait des milliers de kilomètres et risqué sa vie à la recherche de la liberté et de la paix.

Matteo Pistono est né et a grandi au Wyoming où il a obtenu son Bachelor en anthropologie. En 1997, il obtient sa maîtrise ès Lettres en philosophie indienne à l'école des Études orientales et africaines de l'Université de Londres. Après avoir travaillé pour la Smithsonian Institution de Washington D.C. sur des programmes culturels tibétains, il vit et voyage dans l'Himalaya pendant une décennie. Il est le fondateur de Nekorpa, une fondation travaillant à la protection des sites sacrés de pèlerinage à travers le monde et siège au conseil exécutif de lInternational Network of Engaged Buddhists ainsi qu'au conseil de direction de l'association Rigpa et du Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture.

Friday, Sept 26, 7:30 pm, Boulder Book Store
Book Talk and Photo Presentation

Join author Matteo Pistono for a discussion and photo presentation of "Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal" (Hay House 2014). Pistono will take you on a visual pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet, featuring stories and photographs from a decade of travels to sacred sites associated with the life of Tertön Sogyal. You will experience what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous outer journey to remote caves, holy mountains, ancient hermitages and Himalayan power places. Pistono will illuminate how the pilgrims’ inner journey creates a shift in their perception of the terrain as wilderness to conceiving of it as a sacred topography in which the mountains and rivers, streams and glaciers, the very pebbles upon which their boots fall, are woven into a blessed landscape.

Sunday, Sept 28, 10:30 am, Cheyenne, Unitarian Universalist
Talk on "Spiritual Engagement from Wyoming to Tibet"

Monday, Sept 29, 4-5 pm Uni. of Wyoming Berry Center Auditorium (Rm 138)
Sponsored by UW Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Global and Area Studies
Dinner with UW professors

"Sacred landscape and pilgrimage in Tibet"
Experience what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous journey to remote caves, holy mountains, ancient hermitages and Himalayan power places. Join author Matteo Pistono for a photo presentation of his latest book Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal. Pistono takes you on a visual pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet with stories and images from a decade of his travels to sacred sites. Pistono illuminates how pilgrims’ inner journeys create a shift in perception of terrain as wilderness to conceiving of it as a sacred panorama in which mountains and rivers, streams and glaciers, the very pebbles upon which their boots fall, are woven into a blessed landscape. Pistono will also discuss how Buddhist rituals and faith has defined the political topography of Tibet.



Oct 1, Wednesday, 7-9 pm Lander Library

Join author Matteo Pistono for a discussion and photo presentation of "Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal" (Hay House 2014). Pistono will take you on a visual pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet, featuring stories and photographs from a decade of travels to sacred sites associated with the life of Tertön Sogyal. You will experience what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous outer journey to remote caves, holy mountains, ancient hermitages and Himalayan power places. Pistono will illuminate how the pilgrims’ inner journey creates a shift in their perception of the terrain as wilderness to conceiving of it as a sacred topography in which the mountains and rivers, streams and glaciers, the very pebbles upon which their boots fall, are woven into a blessed landscape.

Oct 2, Thurs, 6-7 pm, Jackson Hole, Teton County Library

Join author Matteo Pistono for a discussion and photo presentation of "Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal" (Hay House 2014). Pistono will take you on a visual pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet, featuring stories and photographs from a decade of travels to sacred sites associated with the life of Tertön Sogyal. You will experience what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous outer journey to remote caves, holy mountains, ancient hermitages and Himalayan power places. Pistono will illuminate how the pilgrims’ inner journey creates a shift in their perception of the terrain as wilderness to conceiving of it as a sacred topography in which the mountains and rivers, streams and glaciers, the very pebbles upon which their boots fall, are woven into a blessed landscape.

October 4, 2014 6 pm
Autumn Gala honoring 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, Matteo Pistono,
Sponsored by the Casper College Alumni Association

Price: $50 each
Contact: 307-268-2218
Location: Casper Country Club
4149 Casper Country Club Road Casper, Wyoming

This evening will honor Casper College graduate, writer, photographer, social justice campaigner and author of "Fearless in Tibet" and "In the Shadow of the Buddha", Matteo Pistono.

Matteo's Fearless in Tibet book talk schedule in 2014 included:


May 28 - 7 pm, New York, Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street

May 29 - 6:30 pm, Washington DC, Inter. Campaign for Tibet, 1825 Jefferson Place NW

June 2 - 7 pm, Santa Barbara, Chaucer’s Bookstore, 3321 State Street

June 3 - 4 pm, Santa Barbara, University of California (HSSB Room 4020)

June 4 - 6 pm, La Jolla Public Library, 7555 Draper Avenue

June 10 - 7 pm, San Francisco, California Institute of Integral Studies (Room 425)

July 19 - 1 pm, Washington DC, Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW

Sept 26, 7:30 pm, Boulder, Boulder Bookstore, Book talk & Photo Presentation

Sept 28 10:30 am, Cheyenne, WY, Unitarian Universalist Church, talk on Engaged Buddhism

Sept 29 4 pm, Laramie, University of Wyoming, Berry Center 138, talk on Pilgrimage & Spiritual Topography in Tibet

Oct 1, 7 pm, Lander, Fremont County Library, Carnegie Room, Book talk & Photo Presentation

Oct 2, 7 pm, Jackson Hole, Teton County Library, Book talk & Photo Presentation

Oct 4, 6 pm, Casper, Autumn Gala honoring 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, Matteo Pistono

November 7, Chicago, Northwestern University

About the events:
Join author Matteo Pistono for a discussion and photo presentation of "Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal" (Hay House 2014). Pistono will take you on a visual pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet, featuring stories and photographs from a decade of travels to sacred sites associated with the life of Tertön Sogyal. You will experience what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous outer journey to remote caves, holy mountains, ancient hermitages and Himalayan power places. Pistono will illuminate how the pilgrims’ inner journey creates a shift in their perception of the terrain as wilderness to conceiving of it as a sacred topography in which the mountains and rivers, streams and glaciers, the very pebbles upon which their boots fall, are woven into a blessed landscape.

About the book:
Nineteenth-century Tibetan mystic Tertön Sogyal was a visionary, whose mastery of meditation led him to be a revered teacher to the Thirteenth 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 both his profound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and his unique experiences, all the while striving for peace against tremendous odds. His life is an example of courage and diligence appreciated by spiritual practitioners of all traditions; and his practical instructions on meditation and opening one’s heart—amid conflict, uncertainty, and change—are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime.

"Fearless in Tibet", the first comprehensive work in English on Tertön Sogyal, captures the essence of his teachings and his inner world of visions and spiritual realizations. It also brings to life the challenges he faced during his early yogic training and his efforts to promote harmony between Tibet and China.

Combining riveting storytelling and Tertön Sogyal’s profound instructions, Matteo Pistono takes you on a journey through the mystical past that reveals practical inner guidance for today’s challenges. You will see the power of transforming negativity into opportunity, letting go of attachments, becoming present, and embracing impermanence. This intricate tapestry of intrigue and spirituality will infuse your path with timeless wisdom and inspiration.

About the author:
Matteo Pistono is a writer, photographer, practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and author of "Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal" (Hay House 2014) and "In the Shadow of the Buddha" (Dutton 2011). He is the founder of Nekorpa (www.nekorpa.org), a non-profit foundation working to protect sacred pilgrimage sites around the world, and he sits on the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, and the Board of Directors of Rigpa Fellowship and the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture

In The Shadow Of The Buddha, in Thailand


Saturday 30th March 2013
13.00 – 16.00 p.m. Auditorium Room, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
English-Thai translation by Lapapan Suppamantra

Book Launching and Public Lecture
IN THE SHADOW OF THE BUDDHA
Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet

Programme
13.00-13.30 Registration

Refreshments will be available through the meeting.

13.30-13.35 Welcome by Wallapa van Willenswaard, Manager of Suan Nguen Mee social enterprise.

13.35-13.40 Introduction of Matteo Pistono by Hans van Willenswaard, Project Director of School for Wellbeing Studies and Research

Book launching In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet in Thai translation

13.40-14.40 Public Lecture
IN THE SHADOW OF THE BUDDHA by Matteo Pistono

14.40-15.40 Dialogue with the author moderated by Veenarat Laohapakakul
15.40-16.00 Questions & Answers

For seat reservation and other inquiries, contact Ms. Woranut at 0-2622-2495-6, 0-266-0955, 0966 or woranut074@gmail.com

Sunday, 24 March 2013 14.00-22.00 hrs.
At Siam Society, Sukhumvit Soi 21 (near Asoke BTS station), Bangkok, Thailand

“A Man Who Plants Wisdom” Celebrating Sulak Sivaraksa's 80th birthday

14.00-14.05 Opening speech by Ms. Wallapa Van Willenswaard and book launch and presentation of  "In the Shadow of the Buddha" to Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa

14.05-14.45 Slide show and speech on "In the Shadow of the Buddha: Hidden Journey, Sacred History and Spiritual Exploration in Tibet." by Matteo Pistono

14.45-15.30 Panel discussion “In the Shadow of the Buddha: Where Tibet will go under hegemony of China?”
By Ven. Thanomsing Sukosalo, Worasak Mahanthanobol and Surat Horachaikul. Moderated by Nongrak Sukjaicharoenkit

15.30-15.45 Discussion and closing speech by Matteo Pistono
**Translation Thai-English will be available**

Program continues to honor Sulak Sivaraksa until 21:00

Past events with Matteo Pistono in the US, India and England in 2012-13


Feb 16, 2013, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Nellie Tayloe Ross Dinner & Award 2013

The crown jewel of the Wyoming Democratic Party, the Nellie Tayloe Ross Award & Dinner, will be held at the Plains Hotel on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

We are very happy to annouce that our keynote speaker will be the Wyoming-native, social justice activist and author of "In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet."

Cocktail reception: $25 Dinner: $75 Combined: $90

Cocktail reception will begin at 6 PM, dinner, speaker and award ceremony at 7PM.
Click on the WDP icon to register & pay online, or fill out our form to reserve and pay at-the-door. You can also call (307) 514-5282 with any questions or to pay by phone.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 Washington DC
TableTribes Picnic series
7-10 pm (picnic location to be announced soon!)

Within each of us are parts of humanity that transcend our differences. The TableTribes Summer Picnic Series is a nine week communal exploration of the human condition with internationally renowned thought leaders and some of DC’s top chefs and mixologists. Every Sunday evening (June 24 through August 26), led by a different director exploring a different topic, is a unique experience that searches for the things we all have in common.

The Picnic Series is a collaborative effort that expands on the conversations and process of engagement that Hosan Lee, Founder of TableTribes, has explored throughout her career. TableTribes facilitates authentic relationship building, and bridges people and communities who might not normally cross paths..

Invitations to the TableTribes Summer Picnic Series are issued based on an application, with hard-hitting questions like how one’s life might taste as a pie. More information can also be found on Facebook or Twitter.

The 66th Annual Casper College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Casper Events Center.

Commencement speaker will be Matteo Pistono a writer, photographer, social justice campaigner, and author of "In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet."

Born in Cody, WY and raised in Lander, WY, Pistono earned an associate degree at Casper College, where he was also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. He received his bachelor's degree in anthropology/political science from the University of Wyoming, and in 1997 obtained his master's degree in Indian philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

After working with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. on Tibetan cultural programs, Pistono lived and traveled throughout the Himalayas for a decade, clandestinely smuggling to the West graphic accounts and photos of China's human rights abuses in Tibet. He is the founder and director of Nekorpa, a nonprofit working to protect sacred pilgrimage sites around the world, and he sits on the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, Rigpa Fellowship, and the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture.

This year's graduates, who include 16 international students, come from 21 states and 10 foreign countries, with all 23 Wyoming counties represented. Of that number, 416 graduates are from Natrona County. A total of 679 students graduated during the 2011-2012 academic year, earning a total of 675 degrees and 175 certificates.

TIBET: BALANCING A SPIRITUAL QUEST WITH A STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION
April 19, 2012 7 p.m.
Holy Cross College
Slide show and lecture

After working with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. on Tibetan cultural programs, Matteo Pistono lived and traveled throughout the Himalayas for a decade, bringing to the West graphic accounts and photos of China’s human rights abuses in Tibet. He is the founder of Nekorpa, a foundation working to protect sacred pilgrimage sites around the world, and he sits on the Executive Council of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, Rigpa Fellowship, and the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture.

Matteo Pistono is a writer, practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and author of 'In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet.' Pistono’s images and writings about Tibetan and Himalayan cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes have appeared in The Washington Post, BBC’s In-Pictures, Men’s Journal, Kyoto Journal, and HIMAL South Asia. He received his M.A. in Indian Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Event Contact Info
Karen Todd
Email: ktodd@holycross.edu

Friday, March 9, 2012 5:30-9, Tucson
Tucson Festival of Books Author's Table Dinner
SOLD OUT

Matteo Pistono will be take part in the Tucson Festival of Books annual Author’s Table Dinner on March 9, 2012. The Author's Table Dinner is held on the Friday evening preceding the Tucson Festival of Books. Guests at the dinner have the chance to socialize with some of the Festival's presenting authors, who are seated at least one per table.

Author Luis Albert Urrea will keynote the event.
Urrea's best-seller "Devil's Highway," a nonfiction account of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the 2004 Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Events on March 10th and 11th

Saturday, March 10, 2012 4-5:30 pm Tucson
University of Arizona campus, Integrated Learning Center, 150
'Eden Seekers' panel discussion for the Tucson Festival of Books

Matteo Pistono will join Brook Wilensky-Lanford, author of "Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden," and Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, author of "The Fourth Wife: Polygamy, Love & Revolution” for a discussion entitled 'Eden Seekers'. The moderator of the hour-long panel is Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanu-El, the oldest congregation in Arizona.

March 11, 2012 Sunday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Traveling Wild — Exploration Adventures
Panel
Chemistry - Room 111

Matteo Pistono will join Sy Montgomery, a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter and radio commentator for a discussion moderated by Laura Penny.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Bedford, NY
SLIDESHOW & TALK "IN THE SHADOW OF THE BUDDHA"
6:00 p.m. at Westchester Buddhist Center
Bedford Post, 954 Old Post Road

Matteo Pistono draws on his experiences as a journalist and student of Tibetan Buddhism to explore the intersection between spirituality and politics. In a slideshow talk, Pistono weaves together majestic images from the Himalayas, stories of his decade-long pilgrimage in Tibet, and his role in smuggling out evidence of the Chinese government's human rights abuses to the West.

You will journey with Pistono on the path across vast expanses of the Tibetan landscape while hearing testimonies to suffering by Tibetans who sought him out to share their stories. And you will see and hear how spiritual aspirations and political realties collide tragically in present-day Tibet as written about in his recently released book: In the Shadow of the Buddha: One Man's Journey of Discovery in Tibet."

Monday, February 6, 2012, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Evanston
Northwestern University Harris Hall-Room 108
"Conversation on Tibet, China, Religion, Human Rights, and Friendship"
Hosted by Dept. of Religious Studies, Asian & Middles East Studies, and Asia Studies Cluster
free and open to the public (refreshments will be provided)

Antonio Terrone, Tibetologist and East Asian Religions lecturer, and Matteo Pistono, author of "In the Shadow of the Buddha; One Man's Journey of Discovery in Tibet", met by chance more than a decade ago in a remote Tibetan Buddhist encampment in Eastern Tibet. Their decision to hitchhike for the next month on a joureny to Lhasa together began a series of travels across the Tibetan plateau and throughout the Himalayas. Terrone and Pistono will engaged in a lively discussion on Sino-Tibet relations, Buddhism, and their own friendship and travels together in Tibet and beyond.

To read an excerpt about Pistono and Terrone's travels in Tibet, click left on 'Northwestern University' logo.

February 7, 2012 Chicago, IL
SLIDESHOW & TALK "Tibetan Pilgrimage: In the Shadow of the Buddha"
6:00 p.m. at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)
820 N. Michigan Avenue
RSVP to luma@luc.edu or 312.915.7608 free and open to the public


Join author and photographer Matteo Pistono on an illustrated pilgrimage across Tibet. Guests will gain insights into what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous outer journey to remote caves, holy mountains, and ancient hermitages. Pistono will illuminate how the pilgrims’ inner journeys create a shift in their perceptions of the terrain as wilderness to a sacred topography in which the mountains, rivers, and glaciers are woven into a spiritual landscape. Pistono will also sign copies of his book, In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet.

February 8, 2012 Evanston, IL
SLIDESHOW & TALK "Tibetan Pilgrimage: In the Shadow of the Buddha"
7:00 p.m. at Tibet Alliance of Chicago
2422 Dempster Street
RSVP: RigpaChicago@att.net free and open to the public
A traditional Tibetan dinner will be offered after the event

Join writer and photographer Matteo Pistono on an illustrated pilgrimage across Tibet. Guests will gain insights into what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous outer journey to remote caves, holy mountains, and ancient hermitages. Pistono will illuminate how the pilgrims’ inner journeys create a shift in their perceptions of the terrain as wilderness to a sacred topography in which the mountains, rivers, and glaciers are woven into a spiritual landscape. Pistono will also sign copies of his book "In the Shadow of the Buddha: One Man’s Journey of Discovery in Tibet."

October 28, 2011 8 pm
Pilgrimage in Tibet: In the Shadow of the Buddha
Slideshow and book talk with Matteo Pistono
hosted by the International Network of Engaged Buddhists

Wat Pa (Thai-Bharat Society)
Buddhagaya Vanaram Temple
Bodhgaya, INDIA

Pistono draws on his experiences as a journalist and student of Tibetan Buddhism to explore the intersection between spirituality and politics. In a slideshow talk, Pistono weaves together majestic images from the Himalayas, stories of his decade-long pilgrimage in Tibet, and his role in smuggling out evidence of the Chinese government's human rights abuses to the West.

You will journey with Pistono on the path across vast expanses of the Tibetan landscape while hearing testimonies to suffering by Tibetans who sought him out to share their stories. And you will see and hear how spiritual aspirations and political realties collide tragically in present-day Tibet as written about in his recently released book: In the Shadow of the Buddha: One Man’s Journey of Spiritual Discovery & Political Danger in Tibet (Hay House, India, 2011)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Matteo will appear live on Midweek, BBC R4, 9 am to discuss "In the Shadow of the Buddha."

If you miss the live show, check back here for the podcast.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Tibet Society Talk and Slideshow with Matteo Pistono
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Tickets: £5, concessions £3

Location: Free Word Centre,
60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA. Map
Nearest tube: Farringdon

Tibet Society is delighted to host a talk and book signing by author and undercover reporter Matteo Pistono at the Free Word Centre in London. In the Shadow of the Buddha is Pistono's own story of how he became a covert human rights monitor in Tibet.

The talk will include a visual presentation and be followed by a Q&A session. Don't miss this special opportunity to hear a unique and fascinating account of life in Tibet over the past 10 years!

In the Shadow of the Buddha, will be published in the UK on 8 September 2011 - £10.99, paperback. Tibet Society will be selling copies online and at the Free Word event.

Monday, September 12, 2011
Talk & Slideshow at Alternatives with Matteo Pistono

Location: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL

7:00-8:30 pm
Talk, Q&A and book signing
Tickets: £10, concessions £5

When Matteo Pistono first journeyed to the Himalayas on a spiritual pilgrimage in 1999, little did he know that seven years later he would be undertaking a clandestine mission to deliver a message inside Tibet from the Dalai Lama himself.

In the Shadow of the Buddha is Pistono’s story, told in his own words, for the first time. Part undercover reporting, part spiritual biography, this book takes readers deep into the heart of Tibet: how Tibetans live today, their rich spiritual past, the tenacity of their faith, and firsthand accounts of repression and abuse by Chinese authorities, smuggled out by one dedicated man.

Disillusioned by a career in American politics, Pistono originally fled to the Himalayas in hope of a more peaceful and meaningful way of life. On spiritual pilgrimage, he intended to follow in the footsteps of one of Tibet’s greatest mystics of the 20th century, Tertön Sogyal. But as he visited every notable site of the mystic’s life, he continually met monks, nomads and everyday Tibetans who shared with him their struggles and strife under an abusive and oppressive Chinese reign. Pistono’s travels soon took dramatic new shape.

In the Shadow of the Buddha is a rare public telling of a human rights monitor operating covertly in a closed society. For nearly a decade, Pistono evaded Chinese security and took photos of prisons, obtained secret documents, and smuggled out firsthand interviews of torture victims and other human rights abuses, giving them to the Dalai Lama, NGOs, the US State Department, and Congressmen. Keeping his identity hidden, Pistono regularly briefed reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek on the political situation in Tibet from 2000 to 2007.

“In the many years and many places that I’ve known him, from India to Washington, Matteo has remained an informed, reliable, skillful, and joyously energized individual,” writes Richard Gere. “In the Shadow of the Buddha is a fascinating journey to the Tibet of the present and of the past, which at times is both heartbreaking and inspiring.”



In the Shadow of the Buddha 2011 book tour hit 30 cities from January-May, which included:


New Jersey, Clinton Book Shop, January 25

New York City, Rubin Museum of Art, January 26

Washington D.C., Georgetown University January 27

Washington D.C. Politics & Prose January 28

Baltimore, Breathe Books, January 29

San Francisco, RIGPA January 30

San Francisco, Book Passage February 2

Denver, Tattered Cover LoDo February 3

Boulder, Boulder Book Store, February 10

Lander, WY, International Climber’s Festival Keynote February 17

Casper, WY Casper College, Humanities Festival February 25

Riverton, WY, Central WY College Riverton, February 28

Lander, WY, Fremont County Library, March 1

Dubois, WY, County Library, March 2

Jackson Hole, WY, Teton County Library, March 3

Jackson Hole, WY, Ka-Nying Buddhist Group, March 5

Casper College, International Studies, April 5

University of Wyoming, International Studies Visiting Scholar Lecture, April 7

Laramie, Second Story Bookstore, April 8

Cambridge, MA, Mt. Auburn Story Chapel, April 23

Cheyenne International Film Festival, May 20

Cheyenne, Highlands Presbyterian Church, May 22

Cheyenne, County Library, May 24

Washington DC, International Campaign for Tibet, May 3

Santa Barbara, USCB, May 13

Malibu Colony, May 14

West Hollywood, Bodhi Tree Bookstore, May 15

Northampton, MA, Smith College, May 25

South Hadley, MA, Odyssey Bookshop, May 26