Falling Off the Roof of the World is the inspiring life story of the Venerable Lama Dudjom Dorjee. It starts with tales from his playful nomadic childhood in Tibet and continues with his harrowing escape from the Chinese Communist invasion to Nepal and his life within the refugee communities of India.
It explores how he came to study the Buddha-dharma, his interactions with enlightened masters, and why he came to the United States as a representative of one of Tibet’s oldest and most sacred lineages.
Falling Off the Roof of the World is the captivating tale of Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche, “The Jolly Lama.” The book is divided into short stories in chronological order that make it easy to digest in segments.
It is easy to see from this book that Lama Rinpoche is a giant of a man – but the book could almost be renamed (after a similarly-themed children’s book) – “The Little Lama that Could.” This accomplished yogi was not placed into a monastic setting as a child like many Tibetan master’s, he had to compete for his education time and time again! A fulfilling read for anyone interested in yoga, Tibetan Buddhism or inspiring biographies.
Side note: the first part of the book also gives detailed information about native Tibetan plants, animals, and customs that may be of interest.