The Dalai Lama is both the living conscience of the Tibetan people and an internationally respected human rights symbol. His high-profile appearances and books have fueled the surging popularity of Buddhism in the United States and throughout the West. This new, up-to-date biography provides insight into the curious and winning personality of the Dalai Lama as a boy and his wisdom as a man. The Buddhist spiritual worlds and the Dalai Lama's rarified role are engagingly and evenly presented.
The Dalai Lama's story is revealed from his early family life to his experiences in the world, his education as the 14th incarnation of the Lama, his exile in India, and his current struggles to help Tibet regain its independence from China. Especially helpful is the clear historical overview of the Tibetan crisis after the Chinese invasion. A timeline and glossary also supplement the text. Though the book is written especially for high school students doing reports, it will also be of immense interest to general readers.
About the Author
PATRICIA CRONIN MARCELLO is a freelance writer. She is the author of biographies of Jerry Garcia, Pope John Paul II, Princess Diana, and Matt Damon.
Table of Contents
The Birth of Lhamo Dhondup
Search for a Fourteenth Ruler
The Road to Lhasa
Assuming the Life of a Monk
The Chinese Invasion
Dealing with the Motherland
Breakdown and Failure of Relations
Escape to India
A More Permanent Home
Charming the World
An Improved Position in the World
The Dalai Lama's Daily Life
Selection of Works by the Dalai Lama
Timeline of Events in the Dalai Lama's Life