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The story had many lulls and also many exciting parts overall,but seemed a bit disjointed.The Dalai Lama was very young when he was made the leader of Tibet.His inexperience made him an easy target.The place is like no other on this earth and is abundant in sorely needed resources that the Han Chinese could not resist.Many of them are rare and are only found there.The U.S.government helped the Dalai Lama escape to India and he has never been able to return to his homeland.The people suffered a great deal and are really not too much different than the American Indians or the Aborigines must have been.Sweet,simple kind people trying to lead spiritual lives of abandon,but the world in its greed to turn everything into something commercial and corporate took over and changed these peoples lives irrevocably.
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I have been listening to whatever audiobooks I can find featuring the Dalai Lama but this one provided me with a full picture of his life and the history of the interaction between China and Tibet that I was not able to find elsewhere. By escaping Tibet, the Dalai Lama left his "golden cage" to be a worldwide advocate for compassion. Steven Talty did a great job with the story too. I have been a fan of his after listening to 'Empire of the Blue Water'. This is an audiobook that I'll never forget. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, and the conflict between China and Tibet.