T. Lobsang Rampa, An Introduction
Editor's Note, Updated May 28, 2022: I've taken to the writings of Tuesday Lobsang Rampa like a duck to water. He had claimed from his first book (The Third Eye, 1956) forward that every word he wrote was the truth and I've found no reason to doubt him. His information seems to ring true and fits with other sources of esoteric knowledge. The ridicule, mockery, and scorn that he had endured for years from an uninformed and callous British press would have been impossible for an ordinary man to put up with, but he stuck it out for many years and continued to write. His readers were less cynical, fortunately, and his popularity spread to many countries. He eventually left Britain and settled in Ireland and later in Canada, to get away from the constant haranguing of the British tabloids. He died in Canada in 1981.
I was a little confused on the total number of books published by Rampa, as I could only find 20 titles in the United States, but apparently the correct number is 24, with 4 titles only available in Europe. A short piece titled "My Visit to Venus," originally published for a UFO magazine in the 1950s, was printed in book form by his publisher in the late 70s without Rampa's knowledge. They later told Rampa that they couldn't get a hold of him for confirmation since they thought he was in South America. After Rampa found out that they had published his "Trip to Venus" story as a book, he told the publisher to send his 10% sales commission to an organization which helps to find homes for cats, rather than receive the money himself.
** All 20 of Lobsang Rampa's books are listed further below and can be downloaded in their entirety as pdf files. There is also a downloadable mp3 audio book narration of each title listed below the pdf book link thanks to the efforts of a Youtuber named "Rex" who uploaded all of Rampa's audio books just a couple of months ago in March of 2022. We all owe Rex a great big "Thank You" for uploading these audio books to his Youtube channel. I especially admire the voice, intonation and inflection of narrator Clay Luma Caiyu, a born story-teller if there ever was one. **
I also owe an enormous debt of gratitude to my good friend, Tian Boon from Canada, for making 80% of my Rampa library available to me. In the course of e-mail and telephone exchanges, Tian realized that I had the same admiration for Rampa's writing as he had, but I could only obtain a few of his books locally. The majority of Rampa's books were out of print and I had no idea where I could find them. Without saying a word to me, Tian took the time to laboriously hand copy each page of eleven Rampa books in his possession, along with the 'Visit to Venus' piece, and send the whole package to he in one large-and very heavy-box. I felt like a kid at Christmas when I opened that mysterious box from Canada. The gift of Rampa's copied books was only one of many kindnesses extended to me by Tian, a true friend.
The Story of Cyril Hoskin and T. Lobsang Rampa
By Ken Adaci, Editor
How the author T. Lobsang Rampa came to be is a tale as unusual as anything revealed in his books. In 1947, a struggling and unemployed writer by the name of Cyril Hoskin told his astonished wife that he was going to change his legal name to Carl KuonSuo. Still unable to find work under his new name, Carl nonetheless felt a strange compulsion to adopt Oriental ways. He broke off ties with family and friends and moved to a more remote district of England with his wife where on June 13, 1949, he suffered a mild concussion after falling from a tree that he was punning in his garden. He was knocked unconscious for a short time, but after he recovered, Carl KuonSuo was no longer there; another personality, a Tibetan, had taken his place. You can read his wife's reaction to this new personality in the piece reprinted below by Gray Barker.
I've listed all of the Rampa books known to me and their year of publication below. Some books were only published in Europe and were not available to North American readers. You can find many chapters from his books excerpted at the Rampa web sites listed below his bibliography. I'll also reprint some chapters of his books at this web site as time allows. You can still obtain some of Rampa's most popular titles at major books stores. I was surprised to find 13 titles available at http://www.amazon.com , along with an audio CD. Once you begin to read Rampa, it's hard to put him down. His narrative is full of life, color and and exciting adventure. As Rampa could travel in the astral plane at will, you can glean a great deal of metaphysical insights by reading his books. His style of writing puts you at ease immediately and you feel as if you are hearing these stories first hand from a close friend revealing these accounts in front of a crackling fireplace on a winter's evening. It's truly wonderful reading.
T. Lobsang Rampa, An Introduction (Oct. 7, 2005)
By Gray Barker
Posted October 7, 2005
In 1956, London publishers Secker and Warburg brought out what they thought was a very good occult book. Never did they, nor Doubleday and Company the New York publishers, foresee that the book would suddenly capture the imagination of two nations as the general public read the most fascinating book on Tibet ever published. The book was autobiographic and told the strange and inspiring story of a Tibetan monk who had progressed from neophyte to lamahood, and had eventually attained a certain occult faculty which comprised the title of the book.
"THE THIRD EYE," by Tuesday Lobsang Rampa was not only a recounting of his initiations and monastary doings, but it also proved to be a highly lively account of everyday Tibetan life.
We read the book from cover to cover one night, every bit as- fascinated as everybody else. But we couldn't help wondering how an Easterner could have mastered the English language so vivaciously.
The reason was soon to come in the furor over the book which took place in London when some Tibetan scholars challenged the authenticity of Rampa and averred he was not a Tibetan and had never been to Tibet!
Then T. Lobsang Rampa's side of the story was revealed. No he had indeed never been to Tibet, in his present body. The spirit of a Tibetan lama had, however entered his body, under unusual circumstances. In reply to his critics. Rampa stated:
"THE THIRD EYE is absolutely true and all that I write in that book is fact. I, a Tibetan lama, now occupy what was originally the body of a Western man, and I occupy it to the permanent and total exclusion of the former occupant. He gave his willing consent~ being glad to escape from life on this earth in view of my urgent need.
"The actual change-over occurred on the 13th of June, 1949, but the way had to be prepared some time before that. I know that I have a special task to do, and I became aware that it would be necessary to come to England for various reasons connected with it. In the latter part of 1947, I was able to, by telepathy, send impressions to a suitable person. In February, 1946, he changed his name by legal Deed Poll.
"To make the change-over easier he altered his address a number of times and lost contact with all friends and relations. On the 13th of June, 1949, he had a slight accident which resulted in concussion and which 'knocked him out of himself'. This enabled me to take over.
"I tried very hard indeed to obtain employment in England, but for various reasons there was no assistance from the Employment Exchange. For years I visited Employment Exchanges and the Appointment Bureau in Tavistock Square, London. I was also registered with a number of private Employment Agencies and paid quite a considerable amount to them in fees, but none of them did anything for me.
"For some time we lived on capital which had been saved and upon anything which I was able to earn from doing free-lance writing or advertising.
"I have a special task to do because during my life in Tibet I had been to the Chang Tang Highlands where I had seen a device which enables people to see the human aura. I am clairvoyant and can see the aura as I have demonstrated to many people at many times, but-I am aware that if doctors and surgeons could see the human aura then they could determine the illness afflicting a human body before it was at all serious. It was not possible for me to come to England in the body which I then had. I tried but to no avail.
''The aura is merely a corona discharge of the body, of the life force. It is similar to the corona discharge from a high tension cable which can be seen by almost anyone on a misty night, and if money would be spent on research, medical science would have one of the most potent tools for the cure of disease. I had to have money in order to carry out my own research, but, I have never taken money for curing people's illnesses or for taking their troubles off tleir shoulders as has been misrepresented in a certain paper!
"And how did THE THIRD EYE come to be written? I certainly did not want to write it but I was desperate to get a job so that I could get on with my allotted task. I tried for job after job without avail, until eventually a friend offered to put me in touch with a gentleman who might be able to use my service. Mr. Brooks said I should write a book. I insisted that I did not want to write a book and so we parted. Mr. Brooks wrote me again and once more suggested that I should write a book. In the interval between seeing him and receiving his letter I had been for other interviews and had been rejected. So with much reluctance I accepted Mr. Brooks' offer to write such a book, and here again I repeat that everything said in that book is true. Everything said in my second book, DOCTOR FROM LHASA, is true also. One should not place too much credence in 'experts' or 'Tibetan Scholars' when it is seen how one 'expert' contradicts the other, when they cannot agree on what is right and what is wrong, and after all how many of those 'Tibetan scholars' have entered a lamasery at the age of seven, and worked all the way through the life as a Tibetan, and then taken over the body of a Westerner? I HAVE."
What about the man whose body Rampa took over? What of his former life before the transformation? Following are some remarkable statements by his wife:
"Many people will wonder about the one who occupied that Western body before it was taken over by a Tibetan and I, as the wife, would like to tell something of events leading to the change of personality.
"At the first indication of something different was more than a little startled. We were leading a:- quiet life in Surrey, my husband being on the staff of a correspondence college, in an advisory capacity, and the war had been over for two years. Out of the blue came his remark toward the end of 1947-sitting quietly for some time, he startled me by suddenly saying, 'I am going to change my name.' I looked at him aghast for I failed to see any point in doing such a thing. We had nothing to hide, nothing from which to run away. It took me some time to recover after he continued, 'Yes, we will change our name by Deed Poll.'
"By February, 1948, all the legal formalities had been completed, and we had no further right to our previous name. My husband's employer was not pleased, but there was little he could do about it, especially as at about that time one of the firm's directors had made an alteration to his own name.
"Of course everyone thought we had at last taken leave of our senses, but that never bothered me. I had lived with my husband for eight years and knew that if he had a hunch to do anything at all there was always a very good reason for it. Soon, however, we noticed people were not saying our name when addressing us, and even after seeing it written, they didn't seem able to spell it; for that reason we later shortened it. I want to clarify this point to show that we have at no time used an alias as has been mistakenly suggested.
"At about this time my husband talked a great deal about the East and on occasions he did in fact wear Eastern dress; he often seemed to be very preoccupied in his manner, and I have known him to fall into a trance state and .speak in an unfamiliar tongue. which I now believe to be a language of the East. In July, 1949, he again made a sudden decision-this time to give up his job! This he did to the consternation of his employer who had always found him to be a very useful and conscientious member of his staff.
"The idea behind this was so that we could leave the district and lose all contact with the past, which we did. Within a year we had completely lost touch with previous acquaintances and with our former life. We managed to exist on what we had saved, together with what we could earn from various forms of writing.
"The day I happened to look out the window and see my husband lying at the foot of a tree in the garden is something I shall never forget. I hurried out to find he was recovered, but to me, a trained nurse, he seemed to be stunned or something. When eventually he regained consciousness he seemed to act differently, and in ways I did not understand.
"After getting him indoors and upstairs to our flat to rest, the main thought in my mind was to get a doctor as quickly as possible, but I was reckoning without him-he seemed to sense my alarm and implored me not to do so, assuring me that he was quite all right. Certainly his speech seemed different, more halting-as if he was unfamiliar with the language, and his voice appeared deeper than before.
"For some time I was quite concerned, for SOMETHING seemed to have happened to his memory. Before speaking or moving he appeared to be making calculations; much later I learned that he was 'tuning in to my mind' to see what was expected of him. I do not mind admitting that in the early stages I was very worried, but now it seems quite natural. I have never ceased to wonder that such an ordinary individual as myself should be so closely associated with such a remarkable occurrence as the advent of a Tibetan lama to the Western World."
Although the so-called 'Tibetan Scholars" grabbed most of the press copy, there were those who felt that they were not so scholarly after all. Consider the following letter, received by Gray Barker from a Buddhist, when Barker announced that he would publish Rampa's second book in the United States and discuss the controversy in print.
Dear Mr. Barker:
After reading your remarks on Lobsang Rampa's THE THIRD EYE, I am prompted to add a few of my own. During 1957. I had occasion to write a review of the book for the North Indian Buddhist Quarterly, and most especially to discuss the theological and philosophical material contained within the text. At the time I wrote the review, I was, as were so many others, trying to find fault with the accuracy of the information given. I had already heard that some of the descriptions of costume and garb did not accord with the reports of academic anthropology, and, in my ignorance of the divergences of Tibetan religion from orthodox Buddhism, I was shocked to find that one who called himself a monk should embrace views which, from the standpoint of Aryan doctrine, were all but heretical.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I received letters from Tibetan phoongi, complimenting the succinct description of dbu-chan theology contained in my review. This description was composed exclusively of paraphrases on the Lobsang Rampa book under review. The greatest point of discussion was that which had to do with the order of discipline within the itinerant communities of Tibetan monks. The Western correspondents, and Indian observers all told me that Rampa was wrong; but the Tibetans wrote complaining that he had divulged secret knowledge, which was the property of the arcane schools of their country, and which "a closed brother, in physical form, or etheric, did poorly to publish in the far lands to the West, where it lay open to the gaze of the Uninitiate".
at Bodhi Sangha Sat America New York, N.Y.
Even though "exposed" by 'Tibetan scholars," the public continued to believe in Rampa - and to buy his books. Rampa's subsequent books give more details of experiences which he encountered after the period covered by THE THIRD EYE. Some of them consist of practical occult teachings from which the ordinary person can profit. Rampa kept the subject of Flying Saucers and space travel out of his books, evidently afraid that these accounts might not be believed. Some of these writings, included in this book, have been published by the "saucer press," and some of them have been circulated privately in a mimeographed manuscript edition.
Public awareness of the UFO phenomena, however, has come a long way since the 1950's. We think it is time to put together Rampa's Flying Saucer writings in book form so that the public can read of these remarkable experiences. And so this limited edition has been prepared and published. We predict that it will be much sought after, and that once this original edition is gone it will become a prize collector's item. The copy you hold will become much worn and dog-eared before its demise. We hope it gives pleasure to the owner, and to those who borrow it!
Complete List of Rampa Books, All available as pdf downloads and full-length, narrated mp3 Audio books below.
Update, May 22, 2022. After discovering that all of the links that I had listed below in 2011 had since gone offline, I decided to upload all of the Rampa books as pdf text files and narrated Audio books of each title to my server. Book descriptions given below provided courtesy of this 2007 archived page describing the theme of each Rampa book
1. The Third Eye
Audio Book (mp3) - The Third Eye - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
The Third Eye - (1956) This is where it all started; an autobiography about a young man's journey into becoming a medical Lama and undergoing an operation to open the third eye. We are shown a glimpse into the Tibetan way of Lamasery life and the deep understanding of spiritual knowledge. Until this point in time lamasery life was unknown, even to those few who had actually visited Tibet. Lobsang joins The Chakpori Lamasery and learns the most secret of Tibetan esoteric sciences and much more...
2. Doctor from Lhasa
Audio Book (mp3) -Doctor from Lhasa - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
Doctor from Lhasa - (1959) The story continues with Lobsang living in Chungking, China. Here he furthered his medical studies; learns to fly a plane, getting captured and tortured by the Japanese. Lobsang spent much time living in concentration camps as the medical officer until the day he escaped. Lobsang was one of the very few people to survive the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Exercise in breathing to improve ones well being.
3. The Rampa Story
Audio Book (mp3) -The Rampa Story - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
The Rampa Story - (1960) Rampa's journey continues as Lobsang travels from Korea into Russia, Europe and the USA, finally ending up in England. Lobsang endures capture and torture until he once again, escapes by driving luxury cars. In this book Lobsang inhabits (transmigration) the body of an English man (Cyril Henry Hoskins) eager to leave this world, enabling Lobsang to continue his special task.
(The above books tell the story of Dr. Rampa's life. The following books expand on Buddhist teachings, spiritual and esoteric knowledge)..
4. The Cave of the Ancients
Audio Book (mp3) - The Cave of the Ancients - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
The Cave of the Ancients - (1963) A small glimpse into past history of the earth and its inhabitants who hid highly technical equipment which to this day remains hidden. Lobsang with his guide; the Lama Mingyar Dondup, gets to visit where this technology is hidden and sees with his own eyes the wondrous equipment. This technology is waiting for those who
can use it for the benefit of mankind, that time is drawing near...
5. Living with the Lama
Audio Book (mp3) - Living with the Lama - Narrated by Michael Sharp
Living With the Lama - (1964) A book typed by Lobsang but telepathically dictated by one of his many cats; Fifi Greywhiskers. Animals are not dumb creatures as many humans think, we are ones who are dumb in comparison as all animals - with the exception of most humans - can talk to each other by simple telepathy. Fifi tell of her life before meeting Lobsang and the journeys they took together...
6. You Forever !
Audio Book (mp3) - You Forever - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
You Forever - (1965) The first of two self-training books in metaphysics. Finally, the truth! This book explains in clear simple terms how to start learning certain metaphysics and the dos and don't in achieving that goal. Astral travel, Telepathy, clairvoyance and Auras.
7. Wisdom of the Ancients
Audio Book (mp3) - Wisdom of the Ancients - Narrated by Michael Sharp
Wisdom of the Ancients - (1965) The second of two self-training books in metaphysics. In this book Lobsang explains the meaning or many occult words in an understandable format for Western People. More exercises on breathing, stones, diets and why you shouldn't exercise.
8. The Saffron Robe
Audio Book (mp3) - The Saffron Robe - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
The Saffron Robe - (1966) Further insight into Lobsang's life within Lamahood and the origins of Buddhism. The story of Gautama - and its noble truths.
9. Chapters of Life
Audio Book (mp3) - Chapters of Life - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
Chapters of Life - (1967) Lobsang talks about dimensions, Parallel worlds and prophecies. Lobsang also answers questions about religion and Christianity.
10. Beyond the Tenth
Audio Book (mp3) - Beyond the Tenth - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
Beyond the Tenth - (1969) This first questions and answers book, he provides advice and teaching on the care or man's physical and spiritual forms, the purpose of life, death, reincarnation and UFOs. Some herbal remedies for common ailments. Starting point for those wishing to know how to take real Aura pictures.
11. Feeding the Flame
Audio Book (mp3) - Feeding the Flame - Narrated by Michael Sharp
Feeding the Flame - (1971) The first ten books were trying to light the candle; now we have to feed the flame of life. More readers' questions answered. Absolute proof of reincarnation by quoting an instance in history and explaining that event in detail.
12. The Hermit
Audio Book (mp3) - The Hermit - Narrated by Clay Luma Caiyu
The Hermit - (1971) Lobsang meets a blind hermit to further his learning and discovers about the real people who placed life on this earth who are known as the 'Gardeners of the Earth' We are not the only inhabited planet in our (or any other) solar system or galaxy. A true insight into Moses & Jesus Christ who was, but a messenger.
13. The Thirteenth Candle
Audio Book (mp3) - The Thirteenth Candle - Narrated by Michael Sharp
The Thirteenth Candle - (1972) More of Lobsang's journey through life. Lobsang talks in detail about homosexuality including comments from a homosexual. Breathing techniques. The Overself explained in greater detail and quells the misconception about 'Spiritual Guides'. How to astral travel...
Audio Book (mp3) - Candlelight - Narrated by Michael Sharp
Candlelight - (1973) In this book Lobsang tells us about pendulums and how to use them, Zodiacs. and he also transcribes a previous meeting with the press, arranged by his dear friend Alain Stanke. More questions and answers to many of life's mysteries...
Audio Book (mp3) - Twilight - Narrated by Robert Jackson Lawrence
Twilight - (1975) Lobsang explains astral travel and it's levels. His move to Calgary and more answers to life mysteries and the biggest mystery of our 'Hollow Earth' in more detail. Dr. Rampa Explains who to correctly use Pendulums
16. As It Was !
Audio Book (mp3) - As It Was - Narrated by David Buffton
As It Was - (1976) As it was then - as it is now - and what's to possibly come. Possible? - because all future predictions are based on probabilities. The 'Press' and their attitude and Disposing of bodies Tibetan style. More about Dr Rampa personal life and also the real story about the life of Cyril Henry Hoskins
17. I Believe
Audio Book (mp3) - I Believe - Narrated by Michael Sharp
I Believe - (1977) In this book Dr Rampa will tell of a person who commits suicide and exactly what happens and how they have to repay the debt which can span many lives - each time conditions getting harder and harder - anyone contemplating suicide should read this. God: from different perspectives. Woman's Liberation and where women went wrong.
18. Three Lives
Audio Book (mp3) - Three Lives - Narrated by Michael Sharp
Three Lives - (1977) The cycle of lives by three very different people and what they would perceive as death because of their beliefs. We follow each path and see how their journeys terminate at the same place - albeit a scenic route for some. The direct path is in front yet; mankind continually takes the scenic route.
19. Tibetan Sage
Audio Book (mp3) - Tibetan Sage - Narrated by Nicholas Barker
Tibetan Sage - (1980) The final book. Dr Rampa recalls experiences with his guide in the 'inner temple' the cave of the ancients. How the world started, how it going and the evils of petroleum which is NOT a fossil fuel. Lobsang's final words before departing this world in January 1981 aged over a hundred years old.20. My Visit to Venus (1957)
https://educate-yourself.org/cn/My-Visti-to-Venus-1957-Dr-T-Lobsang-Rampa.pdfAudio Book (mp3) - My Visit to Venus - Narrated by Steve White
I received this e-mail on April 10, 2011:
Subject: free download Lobsang Tampa books
Date: Sun, April 10, 2011
To: Ken Adachi
When I was working in Russia last year I could download all T.Lobsang Rampa books from http://thepiratebay.org.
Hope this helps you.
(some of these older links and updates may lead to Rampa books that are still down loadable. Take a look ..Ken)
Update, Oct. 12, 2010. I was contacted today by Jose Agostinho who sent a link to a web site which contain many interesting articles about Rampa, but also includes all of Rampa's books in 5 different download formats: 1) PDF, 2) MS Word, 3) Rich Text File (.rtf), 4) Open Document Text (.odt), and 5) Plain Text (.txt)
Rampa's Books: http://www.lobsangrampa.org/research.html#13
Articles on and about Rampa: http://www.lobsangrampa.org/index.html
Overview of Tuesday Lobsang Rampa: http://educate-yourself.org/cn/tlobsangrampadescribed12oct10.shtml
Older Links and Archives of T. Lobsang Rampa Books
Thanks to Franck <email@example.com> , Jean <Jean_Jensen@telus.net>, and a British friend for completing the publication dates on all the books and clarifying the books written by Rampa's, wife
Index of T. Lobsang Rampa books
1. The Third Eye (1956)
1 bis. My Visit to Venus (1957)
2. Doctor from Lhasa (1959)
3. The Rampa Story (1960)
4. The Cave of the Ancients (1963)
5. Living with the Lama (1964)
6. You-Forever ! (1965)
7. Wisdom of the Ancients (1965)
8. The Saffron Robe (1966)
9. Chapters of Life (1967)
10. Beyond the Tenth (1969)
11. Feeding the Flame (1971)
12. The Hermit (1971)
13. The Thirtenth Candle (1972)
14. Candlelight (1973)
15. Twilight (1975)
16. As It Was ! (1976)
17. I Believe (1976)
18. Three Lives (1977)
19. Tibetan Sage (1980)
Books by Mama San Ra'ab Rampa:
1. Pussywillow (1976)
2. Tigerlilly (1978)
3. Autumn Lady (1980)
4. Wild Briar (1982) (Lumière et sagesse, in French and Flor Silvestre, in Portuguese)
5. Le testament de Rampa (1984, in Spanish)
All Lobsang Rampa books now available online:
Update: Sep. 18, 2010 The web site linked on Feb 10, 2009, is no longer on line. I found the books still listed at www.archive.org using the WayBack machine. You can view the list from this link:
You can find 9 of Rampa's books for free download at this link:
The Life and Writings of Dr. Tuesday Lobsang Rampa (http://www.lobsangrampa.net/lobsang_rampa.html)
Update: Feb. 10, 2009 : Most of T, Lobsang Rampa's books are now available on line as free downloads (outdated as of Sep 18 2010)
http://www.thelivingmoon.com/44cosmic_wisdom/02files/Lobsang_Books.html (this no longer works)
This list also includes the books that his wife wrote, as well as audio recordings from Rampa on meditation and prayer.
You might want to order the splendid book (2006) that Karen Mutton painstakingly researched on Rampa's life ($19.95)
T. Lobsang Rampa Web sites (includes lengthy Rampa book excerpts)
1. Lobsang Rampa (English & Scandanavian) http://galactic.to/rampa/#english
2. The Life and Writings of Dr. Tuesday Lobsang Rampa (http://www.lobsangrampa.net/lobsang_rampa.html)
(Thanks to the two individuals who sent these links. I'll find your names and credit here)
More to follow...
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