Understanding the Dalai Lama

Understanding the Dalai Lama

by Rajiv Mehrotra
     
 

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"To Tibetans, the Dalai Lama is known as Yeshi Norbu, the precious Wish-Fulfilling Gem-the reincarnation of the Buddha aspect of compassion, Avalokiteshuara. To others, he is known by his Mongol title-the Dalai Lama, or Ocean of Wisdom. To the more initiated, he is quite simply ... His Holiness. He describes himself as Tenzin Gyatso, a simple Buddhist

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"To Tibetans, the Dalai Lama is known as Yeshi Norbu, the precious Wish-Fulfilling Gem-the reincarnation of the Buddha aspect of compassion, Avalokiteshuara. To others, he is known by his Mongol title-the Dalai Lama, or Ocean of Wisdom. To the more initiated, he is quite simply ... His Holiness. He describes himself as Tenzin Gyatso, a simple Buddhist monk....

"Tenzin Gyatso evokes a range of views, analysis, and descriptions so similar and yet diverse as he impacts us in varied ways and dimensions. Each contribution in this collection represents a personal response to the charisma of a supremely integrated yet manifold-faceted personality. What holds it all together? ... It is that he is intensely human."

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Library Journal

Of the making of books by, for, and about His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, arguably the most recognizable religious leader of our time since the death of Mother Teresa, there is and will be no end. The Hampton Roads book is a pocket-sized selection of one- and two-page reflections on "Tibet and Life in Exile," "The World Today," and "Life, Death, and Rebirth." It should serve as an excellent teaser for readers new to the Dalai Lama and a handy portable for his followers. The Hay House book is a collection of varied-but uniformly respectful, not to say worshipful-views of His Holiness, personal, political, and theological. Many readers will find Robert A.F. Thurman's thumbnail sketch of the Dalai Lama useful. For larger collections.


—Graham Christian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401926144
Publisher:
Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Rajiv Mehrotra, a personal student of the Dalai Lama and the author/editor of several books, was educated at the University of Delhi, the University of Oxford, and Columbia University. For more than three decades he has been a familiar face on public television in India, notably as the anchor of an in-depth, one-on-one talk show. He is presently secretary/trustee of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and managing trustee of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust. He is also a trustee of the Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture, has functioned as a judge of the Templeton Prize for Spirituality, and has served on the governing councils of the Sri Aurobindo Society and the Film and Television Institute of India. An independent documentary filmmaker, he has won several international awards and five national awards from the president of India. He was nominated as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, and twice invited to speak at plenary sessions.

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