An authorized biography of one of the world's greatest spiritual leaders.Written with the full co-operation of the Dalai Lama, this fascinating, up-to-date biography captures the public persona and enduring mystery behind one of the world's most important spiritual leaders.More
The Dalai Lama is both an extremely important contemporary political figure whose one word could ignite a violent uprising of the Tibetan people against China, and the 15th incarnation of the spirit of Avalokiteśvara, a bodhisattva of compassion who has endured invasions from Mongols and the modern Chinese. His contemporary incarnation is that smiling bespectacled fellow with a Facebook page and millions of followers worldwide. Confused about this remarkable person? Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic is the book for you.
Performed by the friendly, sturdy voice of Paul English, this is the first authorized biography of the Dalai Lama written by a non-Buddhist, the Indian journalist Mayank Chhaya. This portrait addresses the political struggles the Dalai Lama has inherited as well as his fascinating life story.
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Critical narrative biography of 13th Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama: the Struggle for an Autonomous Tibet
This book was interesting for me as a person who has only read a few of the Dalai Lama's works. It was not, however, about him as monk and mystic but primarily as the representative of the political struggle for a free or autonomous Tibet. The book has a very western orientation that almost merges Tibetan Buddhism into a feel-good, secular, tolerant agnosticism ready-made for European and American sensibilities. Apart from the reincarnation of the Lama, almost nothing of distinctive Tibetan Buddhist teaching is included, although we are told that this has been the principal study of the Dalai Lama's life. The concept of nothingness or voidness is mentioned but never discussed. Paul English reads very well and does an appealing version of the Dalai Lama's voice. The Dalai Lama's congenial personality comes across very well, and a reader can understand his charismatic appeal to westerners. But a reader gets almost no understanding of his religious role among Tibetans or of the depth and richness or diversity of Tibetan religious thought and practice. There is no hint of mystical experience in the book, nor any attempt to help me as a westerner really to understand what a living Buddha like the Dalai Lama means for a Tibetan devotee. We learn about the Dalai Lama as a man and political leader in a good way here. I want to know more.