My European Faces: Alexandra David-Néel, Artist, Explorer, Buddhist, Belgian, European

Alexandra David-Néel the wirst westerner in Tibet

Alexandra David Néel, a freedom loving Orientalist, was celebrated as opera singer in Hanoi, Athens, and Tunis, before traveling for ten years to India to improve her knowledge of Buddhism, There, she met with the Dalai Lama and by 1916, had traveled to Tibet as the first western person to do so. The Panchen Lama, second in authority only to the Dalai Lama, ordained her as a Tibetan Lama, and honorary doctor of Buddhism. This Asia explorer and world-renowned Buddhist scholar was Belgian, Tibetan, French and European.

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