His Holiness the Fourteenth DALAI LAMA, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. He is the author of, among many other books, the international bestseller An Appeal to the World and the New York Times bestseller The Book of Joy, which he coauthored with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India.
This book gives some picture of Tibetan daily life and a few anecdotes, but because the reign of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has been conducted largely in exile, it is not surprising that much of his story is concerned with the tangled problem of Tibet's relationship with China over the past 40 years. One striking feature of the book is one's sense that the Dalai Lama is a fundamentally ordinary individual despite a life that--beginning with his being ``discovered'' as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of three--was always most out of the ordinary. His winning the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize will increase curiosity about this man and his world view, so perhaps more readers will explore the quiet wisdom of his philosophy and see the eloquent result of a tradition that has the abiding sense not to divorce statesmanship from true spirituality. Highly recommended.-- Mark Woodhouse, Gannett Tripp Lib., Elmira Coll., N.Y.
"A simple and powerful autobiography. The Dalai Lama's story of exile must serve, of course, as a vital historical witness, not only to inhumanity but to compassion as well, not only to betrayal and treachery but to generosity and faithfulness." -- "Los Angeles Times Book Review""Compelling...fascinating....eye-opening." -- "Washington Post Book World""The prose is clear and engaging, full of subtle implication and humor. His observations of Western culture are poignant."-- "San Francisco Chronicle""Forthright...often amusing...he has retained much of the freshness of the child's view of what was happening to him, and his account is moving." -- "New York Times Book Review""An earnest, inspiring, and wholly captivating classic tale of spiritual adventure. With candor, great charm, and good humor, the winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize tells his life story." --" Kirkus Reviews""His autobiography was waited for, and is worth waiting for."-- "Chicago Sun-Times""Throughout his story, told with great humility, the Dalai Lama reveals his obligation both to address the time-honored spiritual needs of his people and to help them deal with the practical considerations of their disrupted lives. Anyone wanting to understand Tibet today will do well to read this priest-king's tale of coping with the ancient and modern worlds that have shaped him." -- "Chicago Tribune"