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Lobsang Rampa, or the invention of Buddhism by an unusual Englishman. In England in 1956, a book written by a certain Lobsang Rampa, entitled The Third Eye, brought fame and fortune to its author.
Written in the form of a mémoire, the book relates how the author was initiated, from a very early age, into the mysteries of the Tibetan Lamas, and was named by the Dalai Lama himself. But in 1958, a London journal outed the writer as a fake: Rampa’s identity was false, his qualifications were bogus, and his mystical journeys were a figment of the imagination. In reality, the worldwide bestseller author was a plumber with a wild imagination, who carried on living the life of a mystical guru.