His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 in rural eastern Tibet and as a toddler was recognized as the reincarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Groomed to be a Buddhist scholar monk and the leader of his people, his life changed dramatically when his homeland was occupied by Chinese Communist forces in the 1950s. Fleeing to India with thousands of his fellow Tibetans, he helped reestablish cultural institutions in exile and went on to become an inspiration and force for peace worldwide for his unyielding commitment to nonviolence, dialogue, and universal ethics. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, he is the now in his eighties and continues to travel and teach extensively.
Thubten Chodron has been a Buddhist nun since 1977. A graduate of UCLA, she is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State. She is a popular speaker and author of numerous books, including Buddhism for Beginners.
"In Praise of Great Compassion is a welcome arrival that
illuminates the interface between two Buddhist traditions, Mahayana
and Theravada, through the common ground of compassion. These
valuable teachings are a gift and a powerful message to the
world."--Ajahn Sundara, Amaravati Monastery
"Another insightful volume in an important series, In Praise of Great Compassion is a deep and wonderful book that offers crucial lessons for our time--and for all time."--Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama, together with Bhik?u?i Thubten Chodron, lucidly present the Buddha's teachings to a wider readership. The inclusion of different Buddhist traditions' practices on the important topic of great compassion is especially welcome, and I am delighted to see a chapter on Chinese Buddhism and its introduction to the Seven Round Compassion Contemplation, as well as the Four Great Vows. These are powerful practices not only to develop compassion but also to eliminate one's own karmic obstacles. May all beings benefit from this latest volume of the valuable Dharma series, the Library of Wisdom and Compassion."--Bhik?u Jian Hu, Abbot of Sunnyvale Zen Center
"The Buddha's journey to full awakening could have ended with liberation, but his infinite compassion in the face of the suffering of all beings led him to continue his journey by sharing what he had learned with others. In this fifth volume of the Library of Wisdom and Compassion, the Dalai Lama explores in depth just how central compassion and empathy are to the path to awakening. It's a comprehensive look at the teachings on compassion in every Buddhist tradition and is wonderfully complemented by the reflections and meditation suggestions of his co-author, Thubten Chodron."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change