|Par Alessondrad — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0|
|Alexandra David, en 1886, |
le jour de sa présentation à la Cour de Belgique,
devant le roi Léopold II et la reine Marie-Henriette.
During her trips in Asia, she met and talked with the 13th Dalaï Lama, befriended Maharaj Kumar (crown prince) Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal of the kingdom of Sikkim, learned meditation techniques and buddhist philosophy from Lachen Gomchen Rinpoche for several years, visited without authorisation Tibet and met the Panchen Lama, was expulsed from India ("thanks to missionaries" that were not thrilled with her being so well accepted by Tibetan people), traveled to Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia and finally came back to Tibet.
In 1924 -she was 56 years old-, under the disguise of a beggar, she stayed two months in Lhasa. Even if she knew the Dalaï Lama, she couldn't announce herself to him because of the ban (no foreigners in Lhasa).
She came back in France one year later and bought a house in Digne-les-Bains, where she wrote many books. Her companion of adventures for 11 years (she met him in 1914, he was 15 years old) Aphur Yongden came with her. She adopted him as a son.
She traveled again in China and Tibet between 1937 and 1946. Her retreat in Tibet lasted five years. She definitly came back to France in July 1946.
If you want to learn more about her life, I advise you to visit the website of the association managing her home Samten-Dzong or "fortress of meditation"in Digne-les-Bains, France, where she died at nearly 101 years old.
The following videos will show you how an adventurous, spiritual and smart woman she was.
Her life in pictures:
A video in French, but you can add subtitles: a portrait by her friend Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet, her biographe, and by Priscilla Telmon who went to Lhassa.
Portrait d'Alexandra David Neel la célèbre exploratrice et écrivaine bouddhiste
commenté par sa secrétaire et amie, Marie Madeleine Peyronnet, sa biographe
et par Priscilla Telmon qui a marché dans ses pas jusque Lhassa.
This is the summary of The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects by Alexandra David-Neel, lama Yongden, H. N. M. Hardy, Alan Watts.
Interview of Alexandra David-Néel a few days before her death.
One house, one artist: (in French)
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