Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama: The Untold Story of the Holy Men Who Shaped Tibet, from Pre-history to the Present Day

Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama: The Untold Story of the Holy Men Who Shaped Tibet, from Pre-history to the Present Day

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by Alexander Norman, Dalai Lama
     
 

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The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas

   His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known to the world for his efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and for his inspiring spiritual teachings. Often unnoticed, however, is the long, colorful history from which this most beloved of holy men has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai

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The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas

   His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known to the world for his efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and for his inspiring spiritual teachings. Often unnoticed, however, is the long, colorful history from which this most beloved of holy men has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman tells this story in full for the first time, from Tibetan Buddhism’s foundational narratives to the present-day crisis faced by Tibet. 
   And what a story it is. Along with dedicated monks selflessly serving the Tibetan people, among His Holiness’s spiritual forebears there are a Dalai Lama who waged wars, a womanizing and inebriated poet, and several who wound up dead following disputes over temporal power. Also, while Western practitioners focus on Tibetan Buddhism’s liberating vision of enlightenment, it simultaneously contains ritual practices of prophecy and magic, as well as a vivid pantheon of deities and demons.
   In the end, although Tibet falls short of the Western myths of a Himalayan utopia, by illuminating the historical struggle toward compassion and selflessness embodied in the Dalai Lama lineage, Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama ultimately reveals a reality that is vastly more compelling than any romance of “Shangri-La” and provides deeper reasons for admiring Tibetan tradition.

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From the Publisher
“I commend this book to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of Tibetan history and culture.”
– His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

“Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama provides the modern reader a most insightful description of Tibetan history and culture. Engaging, accessible, and scrupulously fair in its treatment of the subject, perhaps its greatest merit is that it offers a new and rich way to appreciate the life and work of the present Dalai Lama.”     
– Thupten Jinpa, PhD, Tibetan scholar and the principal translator to the Dalai Lama

Library Journal
To most Westerners, the 14th Dalai Lama is the jolly, perhaps holy, and now elderly religious leader of the peaceful if quaint Tibetans, a man forced into exile by the Communist Chinese in the 1950s. Norman, a collaborator on the Dalai Lama's Ethics for the New Millennium, begins with the pre-Buddhist, prenational, and shamanistic history of Tibet and its leaders, thus exploding any easy misconceptions about his subject. Along the way we learn that the Tibetan "empire" controlled significant portions of what is now China and the lucrative Silk Road trade in the mid-eighth century C.E., that it was Alton Khan, leader of the Mongols and descendant of Kublai Khan, who first conferred the title Dalai Lama on a Tibetan spiritual leader, Sonam Gyatso, who was both the third and the first Dalai Lama, and that it was the fifth Dalai Lama who consolidated Tibetan religious and temporal power in the 17th century, aided by the Chinese and Mongols. VERDICT Published in 2008 in the UK, this is a fascinating and readable, if sometimes complex, account for general readers as well as more dedicated students of Buddhism or Tibetan history/geopolitics.—James R Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina at Asheville Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385530705
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

ALEXANDER NORMAN has known His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1988 and has previously worked closely with him on his bestselling books Freedom in Exile and Ethics for the New Millennium. He is currently a member of Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford.

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