Road to Freedom - A Journey from Occupied Tibet: The True Story of the Search, Discovery, and Escape of a Reincarnate Lama (Paperback)
This is their story. Road to Freedom: A Journey from Occupied Tibet—newly published in 2020, with a Foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama—is receiving positive reviews:
“These are some of the words that were coming to my mind while I was reading: captivating, completely engrossing, richness, compelling, wonderful flow, amazing story, WOW, poetic imagery, this is VERY good, very suspenseful. As a layperson I found the narrative of this odyssey spellbinding from the first paragraph to the last sentence. I can only imagine how powerfully significant it will be for those with a greater knowledge and understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and lineage.” – Ngaire
“What a great book and such an amazing story!! There haven’t been many books where I started reading the first page and didn’t put it down until I finished the last page. This was one of them! There were times when I got lost in reading and forgot that these were actual events and not something out of the latest fiction bestseller.” – Aaron— From Author of the Week: Marya Schwabe
"In this book Marya recounts the exciting tale of their journey, while at the same time revealing many aspects of Tibet's religion and culture. The story is also an example of how setting a goal and taking a realistic and determined approach to fulfilling it eventually leads to success." -His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
In accordance with the Tibetan tradition of finding the reincarnations of high lamas, the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was sought to locate the rebirth of Nechung Rinpoche, who passed away in 1983. Rinpoche is the eminent lama of Nechung, the institution that houses the Chief State Oracle. His Holiness gave several clues: the year of the boy's birth, the names of his parents, and the locale of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. A search party of three people-a monk from Nechung Monastery in India, Marya and Miguel-made journeys to Tibet in 1987 and 1993. Their search led them to sacred visionary lakes and ancient monasteries. The expeditions were precarious and filled with challenges such as where to look, whom to trust, and how to accomplish a nearly impossible mission in a Chinese communist-occupied country where surveillance was prevalent. Ultimately, the escape with the eight-year-old lama entailed crossing multiple heavily guarded checkpoints, including two international airports.