(24 October 1868 – 8 September 1969) She was the daughter of a Hugenot Freemason teacher and in her early years, she was taught piano and singing. She became a student of Madam Blavatsky and other secret societies, such as Freemasonry, where she rose in the ranks to high status. She converted to Buddhism when she was 20 years old and due to her own personal fortune, and her ability to sing, became an intrepid explorer, such as to Mongolia, Korea, Japan and India, much of the time disguised as a begggar and a monk. She was also an early feminist, Spiritualist, political anarcist and writer of 40 books on Eastern philosophy. In 1924, she travellend to Tibet and became a lama. At that time Tibet was closed to foreigners. She underwent the notorious 'chod' initiation, an experience of greatest stress, where demons and devils cause the disintegration of the self. She also was engaged in the extraordinary creation of the 'tulpa', where a spirit is summoned and given sufficient power to materialise.
She was granted many accolades and awards and is said to have influenced the work and lives of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts, and Benjamin Creme. To discover more about this remarkable woman, visit this page: http://selfdefinition.org/tibetan/Alexandra-David-Neel-Magic-and-Mystery-in-Tibet-hardback-scan.pdf