Understanding the Dalai Lama

Understanding the Dalai Lama
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Summary: 'A well-rounded, down-to-earth picture of one of the modern day's most extraordinary and intriguing public figures' - Outlook
Detail: 'A well-rounded, down-to-earth picture of one of the modern day's most extraordinary and intriguing public figures' - Outlook Ocean of Wisdom, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet is revered as a bodhisattva-a reincarnation of the Buddha-by six million followers around the world. He describes himself as a simple smiling monk. Between these extremes of divinity and being human, however, lies a personality fascinating in its own right: a theologian who can debate the intricacies of Buddhism, a philosopher whose thinking influences people around the world, a political and spiritual leader of the displaced Tibetan people, a best-selling author, a son and brother, and simply a friend to many. He is also universally recognized as the best hope for peace and amity in today's troubled world. In Understanding the Dalai Lama, Rajiv Mehrotra brings together a range of contributors who offer insights into different facets of this remarkable individual. Pico Iyer draws a portrait of a disarming man with an infectious laugh, Robert Thurman gives us a glimpse of the Dalai Lama's spiritual development, and Matthieu Ricard describes a day in the life of His Holiness. The Dalai Lama's deep curiosity, keen insight and high level of scientific sophistication are revealed by Daniel Goleman, while Thupten Jinpa recounts the Dalai Lama's passion for Tibet's thousand-year-old intellectual tradition oflogic and philosophical debates. The book also includes a syllable by syllable translation of the Dalai Lama's full name by Jeffrey Hopkins, a poem by UR. Ananthamurthy and an extended interview with His Holiness by Rajiv Mehrotra. 'A lovely bouquet'- Free Press Journal 'The book is a sincere and informative collection of essays. . . reveals the great XIVth Dalai Lama's thought, his work, his extremely engaging personality, his genuine charisma'- Dawn 'Understanding the Dalai Lama certainly helps one to understand him as much as one can through the limited space of a book' -The Sentinel