Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

Like a Waking Dream - Praise

The Autobiography of Geshe Lhundub Sopa

Like a Waking Dream is a fascinating memoir of a well-lived life, the story of a poor Tibetan boy who grew up to become one of the most eminent Buddhist scholars of his time, and in exile, a major influence on the study of Tibetan Buddhism in America. The bulk of the book is devoted to Geshe Sopa's experiences as a young scholar-monk in Tibet, and as such the everyday details of a way of life now vanished are an invaluable historical record. Geshe-la recounts his story, sensitively edited by Paul Donnelly with the simplicity, insight, and sympathy for human foibles that characterize this great teacher. Anyone with an interest in Tibetan culture and religion will relish this wonderful account.”—Michael Sweet and Leonard Zwilling, authors of Mission to Tibet

“Geshe Sopa is one of the greatest living Buddhist masters of his generation. A consummate scholar and respected university professor, his impact on the establishment of Buddhism (and Buddhist Studies) in the United States cannot be overestimated. This marvelous lifestory, rich in detail and told in his own words, will captivate the hearts and minds of anyone who reads it.”—José Ignacio Cabezón, Dalai Lama Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department, UC Santa Barbara

“From the Tibetan Himalayas to the rolling hills of Wisconsin, Geshe Sopa’s autobiography will enchant and educate anyone interested in how Tibet and Buddhism have profoundly influenced present day America. Revered and respected world-wide, for his insightful scholarly commentaries, Geshe Sopa’s story is filled with warmth, compassion and joy. Little did I know when I first met him as a 19 year old college student in the 60’s, that I was in the presence of a Great Tibetan Buddhist Master. His magnificent charm and insightfulness have profoundly affected my life and will yours too. This book is a must read.”—Zorba Paster, host of NPR's On Your Health and author of The Longevity Code: Your Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life

“Geshe Sopa’s life story is central to the story of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. In giving birth to generations of leading American scholars of Tibet, he became renowned not just for teaching Buddhist ideas and ideals, but for making them real by personally embodying them.”—John Makransky, Associate Professor of Buddhism, Boston College and author of Awakening through Love