Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an example of a life dedicated to peace, non-violence, and unity. Why the Dalai Lama Matters explores why he has earned the world's love and respect, and how restoring Tibet's autonomy within China is not only possible, but also highly probable. The Dalai Lama could actually be China's best friend if the leadership would accept him as their ally. Robert Thurman details this approach in five steps that the Chinese leadership can easily accomplish now by granting Tibet true autonomy ...
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Overview

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an example of a life dedicated to peace, non-violence, and unity. Why the Dalai Lama Matters explores why he has earned the world's love and respect, and how restoring Tibet's autonomy within China is not only possible, but also highly probable. The Dalai Lama could actually be China's best friend if the leadership would accept him as their ally. Robert Thurman details this approach in five steps that the Chinese leadership can easily accomplish now by granting Tibet true autonomy within China, mending relations with the Dalai Lama, and dedicating the Tibetan Plateau as the world's largest environmental preserve. Tibet's future as a "zone of peace" would offer untold benefits to China, Asia and the world and elevate China to a position of true greatness in the eyes of the global community.
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Publishers Weekly

Tibetan scholar Thurman paints a splendid portrait of the Dalai Lama and masterfully elucidates the 50-year-old conflict between Tibet and China in this timely analysis. The author presents an eloquent introduction to Buddhism and the Tibetan concept of the Dalai Lama before focusing on the current "living embodiment of the Buddha"—a man born as Tenzin Gyatso—the 14th Dalai Lama. Thurman sympathetically renders his lifelong friend as a "simple Buddhist monk," a teacher, philosopher, scientist and the political representative of the Tibetan people, who has achieved renown for holding together a large refugee community and preserving its culture. Promulgating a "common human religion of kindness," the Nobel Peace laureate lobbies for a peaceful resolution to the question of Tibetan autonomy within China, while espousing love, altruism and spirituality as the forces that will lead mankind into a "kinder, happier twenty-first century." The book concludes with a five-step plan to broker peace between Tibet and China—an agenda simultaneously pragmatic and idealistic, demonstrating truly the talent and power of faith. (June)

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Library Journal

With Tibet in the headlines, libraries should be sure to keep an eye on the latest books on the struggles there. Both of these authors are well established in Tibetan studies as scholars and observers, and both take strong stands here against China's rhetoric and actions in Tibet. Smith (Tibetan service, Radio Free Asia) provides a thorough and specialized study of relations between the two entities over the last century. He argues that assimilation is China's goal for Tibet: Tibet is becoming more Chinese and less Tibetan, as demonstrated by the recent mass immigration of Chinese into Tibet and China's dominance of both the government and the economy. With as many as 80 footnotes per chapter, Smith's substantial, and rather pricey, book is an option for research libraries but heavy going for general readers.Thurman (Buddhist studies, Columbia Univ.; Inner Revolution), the American Buddhist monk ordained by the Dalai Lama over 40 years ago, reaches out to a broader audience. He covers some of the same ground more concisely and accessibly, delves more deeply into the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism, and adds some hopeful suggestions for finding a "middle way" in which the Dalai Lama's "ethical and spiritual revolution" can be accommodated along with China's determination to modernize Tibet, adjustments that would improve China's sagging stature in the international arena. Thurman also points out Tibet's pivotal environmental position in Asia and suggests that preserving its natural features would improve those of China because several of China's watercourses begin in Tibet. Thus, Thurman posits Tibet as both a spiritual and a natural reserve. Thurman's book is an excellent choicefor most public libraries.
—Harold M. Otness

From the Publisher
"Dr. Thurman clearly describes how the 14th Dalai Lama can forge a path to a far better world in our time. As Albert Einstein urged, we must engage a different level of thinking to help solve the signifi cant problems we face, problems often caused by our ordinary assumptions. The Dalai Lama is a unique exemplar of a different, vital, inclusive, and powerfully effective way of thinking. This wonderfully written, compelling book invites us to freedom." - Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

"No one has worked harder to bring Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, and the special power of the Dalai Lama to American audiences than Robert Thurman. Long may he write and, as in this latest work, bring learning and spirit, great vigor, and close knowledge together." - Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road and Sun After Dark

"I could not put this book down. I found it powerfully inspiriting to imagine a positive alternative to the sixty-yearlong tragedy wrought by China in Tibet. As Robert Thurman shows us, by reversing its colonialist cultural genocide in Tibet (and so inspiring a reversal of the murderous policies of the regimes in Myanmar and Sudan), China could truly emerge as a responsible world power and take its place within the moral community of nations." - Mia Farrow, actor, activist, and humanitarian

"This book kindles hope for Tibet, for China, and for peace. It listens deeply to the Dalai Lama, making clear what he offers and can accomplish. It vividly envisions the freedom the Tibetan people urgently need and the respect China desires from the entire world." - Uma Karuna Thurman, actor, and activist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582702216
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 718,669
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Thurman is the author of the critically acclaimed, popular original books Inner Revolution and Infinite Life and a translator of sacred Tibetan texts, including The Essence of True Eloquence and The Tibetan Book of the Dead. He teaches at Columbia University and holds the first endowed chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in America. Cofounder of Tibet House US and Menla Mountain Retreat Center, he lives in New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Who Is the Dalai Lama and Why Is He the Key? 1

1 Who Is the Dalai Lama? 3

2 What Has the Dalai Lama Accomplished? 35

3 The Dalai Lamas Call for an Ethical and Spiritual Revolution 99

Pt. II The Solution for China and Tibet 123

4 A Middle Way for China and Tibet 125

5 A Plan for President Hu and the Dalai Lama 137

Pt. III Tibet Solved, Freed, Restored 153

6 Envisioning the Goal 155

7 The Bod Autonomous Region Internal System of Government 169

8 The Dedication of Tibet as a Nature Preserve 185

9 Freeing Tibet: A Great Win for China and Tibet, Ecologically and Economically 209

Conclusion 221

Afterword Ten Points of Hope 227

Resources 229

Tibetan Flag Key 232

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    Wonderful spiritual messages! In fact I am sending a copy of the book to a family member.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    can't go wrong with the Dalai Lama!!!

    Haven't read much but what I have read I like! Robert Thurman is a wise man who has seen alot and experienced alot in his life..Meeting the Dalai Lama is just one event. The Dalai Lama IS important and this book is just another confirmation into why. Take a read!!

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