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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Davie Bowie once considered a life devoted to Tibetan Buddhism

January 11, 2016

Lions Roar, January 11, 2016 - The year was 1967. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, [a Tibetan lama] who would eventually move to North America, was at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. His star, and that of Buddhism, was already rising on that side of the Atlantic, attracting a new generation of seekers. Some of them were stars themselves. One was David Bowie, who’d started coming around Samye Ling at the inspiration of his friend and collaborator, Tony Visconti, as well as that of Bowie’s girlfriend at the time, Hermione Farthingale.

“I was within a month of having my head shaved, taking my vows, and becoming a monk,” Bowie has said about that period of his life. But, as the story goes, he was torn and so sought Trungpa’s counsel. Trungpa’s reply to the famous young seeker? That he should remain a musician, for that was how he could be of the most benefit.

You know the rest.

Thirty years later, Bowie later wrote the lyrics to “Seven Years in Tibet” released on his self-produced 1997 album Earthling.  He also performed a Mandarin language version of the song.

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