The Wisdom of Forgiveness

  • by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Victor Chan
  • Narrated by Shishir Kurup
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Victor Chan first met the Dalai Lama in 1972, it was after a series of adventures, some harrowing, that had taken the young traveler from his native Hong Kong, across Asia, until he arrived at His Holiness's residence in Dharamsala. Chan worried that the Tibetan leader might receive him warily because of his Chinese heritage. Instead, the Dalai Lama was amused by Chan's black ankle-length Moroccan cap and long ponytail, and this first encounter quickly blossomed into a warm, enduring friendship. Over the next three decades, Chan would travel the globe with the Tibetan leader. From India to Ireland, from private meditation sessions to meetings with world leaders, Chan was granted unprecedented access. The Wisdom of Forgiveness is a heart-to-heart conversation between the Dalai Lama and his dear friend. It allows us to discover what profound meditative insight and suffering feel like to an enlightened being; what he does daily to develop himself spiritually; how he feels about violence and the circumstances under which he could see committing an act of violence; how he has learned to love his enemies; and why it is that doctors report that the heart of this holy man in his late 60s resembles that of a 20-year-old. We've heard the public voice of His Holiness, and now we are invited to listen in on his personal explorations, to accompany him on his own journey toward wisdom, and to take instruction on the Tibetan art of living. And after hearing the intimate voice of this great man, we are comforted in the knowledge that he is who we think he is, and he is not too good to be true.

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What the Critics Say

"The book's serious call to forgiveness becomes all the more engaging and possible because of the Dalai Lama's own lighthearted spirit." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Simple, easy listening, profound

I'm grateful that this simple book has finally allowed me to begin to grasp the very complex notion of "emptiness." This book will prove valuable to anyone on a spiritual journey.
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- Douglas

Knowing the Dalai Lama

This is an enjoyable and interesting narrative and it provides a good view of the Dalai Lama and his life. I found, however, that it was at least as much about Victor Chan, the interviewer and narrator, as about the Dalai Lama--while this wasn't all bad, he and his life are very interesting as well, it left me feeling a little like my view of the Dalai Lama was a little peripheral. .. maybe that is just a reflection of Chan's relationship with the Dalai Lama. I still would recommend this book very highly. . .it is interesting and entertaining and provides many fascinating vignettes of the man and his life. . .but I was just left wanting a little more depth.
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- Blythe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2004
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio