*Fascinating insight into the mind of one of the greatest contemporary spiritual leaders. *In depth knowledge of secret political deals involving CIA, Chairman Mao and President Nehru.
The Dalai Lama is the head of the Buddhist 'religion'. He was chosen to be the reincarnation of all the previous Dalai Lamas as a two year old boy.
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 touching book, that arouses great sympathy for its extraordiary author' SPECTATOR 'From the supernatural marvels of Shangri-La to the life-and-death manoeverings of Realpolitik: an earnest, inspiring, and wholly captivating tale of spiritual adventure' KIRKUS REVIEWS