My Spiritual Journey

My Spiritual Journey

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by Dalai Lama, Sofia Stril-rever
     
 

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The world knows the public face of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words,

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The world knows the public face of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama charts his spiritual journey from his boyhood days in rural Tibet to his years as a monk in the capital city of Dharamsala, to his life in exile as a world leader and symbol of peace.

My Spiritual Journey provides a vivid and moving portrait of the Dalai Lama’s life journey that is personal in tone but universal in scope. He explores three phases or commitments of his spiritual life—as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama—each of which has made him more dedicated to exploring and teaching human values and inner happiness, promoting harmony among all religions, and advocating for the civil rights and well-being of the Tibetan people.

At the age of two, little Tenzin Gyatso was identified as the fourteenth reincarnation of the first Dalai Lama. From then on, his life has been on a trajectory few can imagine. Some see him as a living Buddha and moral authority, others identify him as a “god-king,” while still others see him in political terms as either ahero or a counterrevolutionary. In My Spiritual Journey, we see the personal struggles, the courage, the laughter, and the compassion that have defined the remarkable life of one of our world’s greatest living legends.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
“’Spirituality’” may be the most nebulous word in the English language, but My Spiritual Journey provides a definition that both devotee and atheist might approve: ‘the full blossoming of human values that is essential for the good of all.’”
Los Angeles Times
“An intriguing portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader.”
Booklist
“Readers both well versed in and new to the Dalai Lama’s teachings will make invaluable discoveries as the Dalai Lama emphasizes our common humanity, our interdependence, and the need for us to ‘cultivate a greater sense of universal responsibility.’”
AARP The Magazine
“When a spiritual leader banned from a small Asian nation galvanizes a worldwide following, attention must be paid. Reading My Spiritual Journey is an alternately inspiring, fascinating, frustrating, and hopeful way to do just that.”
New Age Retailer
“An important record of the mind and heart of one of the great figures of our times.”
Organic Spa Magazine
“In his moving new memoir, My Spiritual Journey,… the Dalai Lama’s immense hope and good humor shine throughout.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062016768
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
8,928
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet and head of their government-in-exile. Since 1959, His Holiness has received over eighty-four awards and honorary doctorates, including the Nobel Peace Prize and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, interreligious understanding, and compassion.


Sofia Stril-Rever is a Sanskrit expert and an interpreter for the Dalai Lama. She received training from a traditional Indian pandit and a Tibetan lama in the monastery of Kirti (Dharamsala). She translated and published a collection titled Kalachakra Buddhist Scriptures and cofounded the website www.buddhaline.net.

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My Spiritual Journey 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
bldens More than 1 year ago
I may be of Western thought but this is a vital read. It made me think of Saint Teresa, of Ghandi, of others from scripture and history. Selflessness is defined; compassion is his call to the world, and the whole world needs it. The book will uplift you as it indermines your beliefs; it will make you smile at your enemies and cherish your friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
am a high school student who was a little skeptical at first about my choice to research the Dalai Lama. Once I started reading the book, my whole view changed. I love the way the book is written and I found it very interesting. It did not bore me with irrelevant facts and everything flowed together really well. It includes things that catch your attention while also informing you in a way that makes you eager to learn more. It is intriguing to see things from the Dalai Lama's point of view and learn about his way of life. It also talks about the history of the dalai lamas and the effect they have on people's lives. My personal favorite part of the book is the reincarnations and how the next dalai lama is chosen. It is really captivating when he tells us the story of how he became the new dalai lama and that each dalai lama is the reincarnation of the previous one. Reincarnate children can pick out the items that belonged to the previous leader and recite sacred texts that they have never heard before. I think this is truly baffling and to witness this in person would be surreal and a great honor. This book has definitely changed my perspective and opened my eyes to many things. The Dalai Lama tells of every personal thing that has happened in his life and this book made it feel like he was actually talking to me. I think this book really shows you what kind of person he is and makes you feel close to him. The Dalai Lama seems like such an incredible man who I hope I have the chance to meet someday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school student who was a little skeptical at first about my choice to research the Dalai Lama. Once I started reading the book, my whole view changed. I love the way the book is written and I found it very interesting. It did not bore me with irrelevant facts and everything flowed together really well. It includes things that catch your attention while also informing you in a way that makes you eager to learn more. It is intriguing to see things from the Dalai Lama's point of view and learn about his way of life. My personal favorite part of the book is the reincarnations and how the next dalai lama is chosen. It is really captivating when he tells us the story of how he became the new dalai lama and that each dalai lama is the reincarnation of the previous one. Reincarnate children can pick out the items that belonged to the previous leader and recite sacred texts that they have never heard before. I think this is truly baffling and to witness this in person would be surreal and a great honor. This book has definitely changed my perspective and opened my eyes to many things. The Dalai Lama tells of every personal thing that has happened in his life and this book made it feel like he was actually talking to me.
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Donr mom has vestes
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Good book
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ia buddist retreat things do get around like our town outside ohare field has a hindu temple and hari krishna festible by high school wheaton last of theosphilosopy retreats a mosque nearby and a zen retreat
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Follows with my fish