The Tibet Project


das Tibetprojekt

"The CIA was in Tibet?"
"Oh, yes. The Americans had their own interest there. And Mao knew about that."

The Plot

"Why was Hitler so interested in Tibetan Buddhism?" Following this seemingly absurd question, The Tibet Project starts a historical investigation as well as a journey to the very depths of the human soul.

The old Tibetan empire shows its new side and a chapter from the history of the Third Reich, which never was properly noted before, suddenly gets a fatal meaning. It turns out that the first question has more sense than one would have believed. Himmler, head of German SS, was convinced that the Arian race came into existence in Tibet and in 1938 for some good reasons he sent a secret expedition to Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.

“The Dalai Lama didn’t tell the West everything.” With these words a Chinese agent recruits a German historian for the dangerous mission to Asia. The book deflates the ideas of such movies as “7 years in Tibet” and destroys the romantic picture of Tibetan Buddhism in general. This includes background information on the religious battlefields of ancient Tibet and the US backed Guerilla war against the Chinese army in modern times. The Nobelprice rewarded buddhist doctrine of non violence proves to be a mythos.

It seems the Nazis were the only ones who understood the true nature of Tibetan Buddhism.

Published by the German publishing house dtv in February 2009 TheTibet Project is the first thriller showing the unknown dark side of Tibetan Buddhism and looking behind the curtain of the Dalai Lama.

"War in the name of Buddha? Impossible!"
"It was so since a thousand years."

Tom Kahn doing research at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.


Perfectly researched, the thriller is based on facts that are partly known to everybody but scatterded, however, until now nobody considered these facts in such a context. Kahn puts all the pieces of the mosaik together and for the first time presents the full picture in a thriller. Practically every paragraph is backed up by numerous religious or historical sources of science. This huge research is the key sensations of the book and actually could have been used as for several novels. All the historical personalities, places and events mentioned are real as well as the photos, art objects and documents. Of course the book remains a fiction novel but the borders between the writer´s fantasy and reality are difficult to draw.

If sceptics decide to check all the facts in Google, they might start thinking that certain people just don’t want these facts to be revealed.

"The Chinese Wall, the largest building in men´s history, is essentially a defence system. And now Dr. Decker understood what it was made for: to protect China against The Army of Darkness."


The plot of The Tibet Project is dynamic, with no time wasted for the description of places or psychological study of characters. It’s the scandalous nature of the historical facts that provide the suspension of the book. In the context of the Western-Chinese relations Tom Kahn creates surprising moments, thought experiments and inner action that occur from the newly arranged historical insight. Thus the Tibet Project is not just normal reading, but a historical thriller of 400 pages with facts to discover that turn the world upside down.

It’s a pleasure to read for educated and curious readers, thought-provoking for conspiracy theories adherents, a reason to reconsider their views for the supporters of Tibetan Buddhism and just a mind breaking thriller on an unique topic – for everybody.

"Be careful with Tibet. It´s the empire of the evil."