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The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama

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Publisher Comments:

The Story of Tibet is a work of monumental importance, a fascinating journey through the land and history of Tibet, with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama as guide. Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews that covered His Holiness’s beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and his lifelong study of Buddhism. Traveling across great distances to offer vivid descriptions of Tibet’s greatest monasteries, Laird brings his meetings with His Holiness to life in a rich and vibrant historical narrative that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. His Holiness introduces us to Tibet’s greatest yogis and meditation masters, and explains how the institution of the Dalai Lama was founded. Embedded throughout this journey is His Holiness’s lessons on the larger roles religion and spirituality have played in Tibet’s story, reflecting the Dalai Lama’s belief that history should be examined not only conventionally but holistically. The Story of Tibet is His Holiness’s personal look at his country’s past as well as a summation of his life’s work as both spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.

Review:

"In a tenderly crafted study that is equal parts love letter, traditional history and oral history, Laird chronicles the development of Tibet from its mythic origins to its takeover by Communist China in 1950. Weaving historical research with interviews with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled leader, veteran journalist Laird (Into Tibet: The CIA's First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa) offers insight into the triumphs and failures of the country. In one particularly fascinating section, the Dalai Lama expresses reservations about the truth of the Tibetan creation myths involving a demon and a monkey and accepts Darwin's theory of evolution as the most logical explanation of the origins of humankind. Laird traces Tibet's sometimes tortured relationships with China and India, recounting the country's conflicts with the Mongols and the Manchu Empire, as well as its struggles for independence in the face of Chinese occupation. The Dalai Lama also recounts his early life; vividly recalls his first meeting, at age 19, with Mao Zedong; and reflects on his years in exile and his hopes for Tibet to be freed from occupation. Throughout, Laird's colorful and lively writing brings to life thousands of years of Tibetan history, inviting the reader on his journey to a strange and wonderful land. 16 pages of color photos. (Nov.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The Story of Tibet is a work of monumental importance, a fascinating journey through the land and history of Tibet, with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama as guide. Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews that covered His Holinesss beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and his lifelong study of Buddhism. Traveling across great distances to offer vivid descriptions of Tibets greatest monasteries, Laird brings his meetings with His Holiness to life in a rich and vibrant historical narrative that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. His Holiness introduces us to Tibets greatest yogis and meditation masters, and explains how the institution of the Dalai Lama was founded. Embedded throughout this journey is His Holinesss lessons on the larger roles religion and spirituality have played in Tibets story, reflecting the Dalai Lamas belief that history should be examined not only conventionally but holistically. The Story of Tibet is His Holinesss personal look at his countrys past as well as a summation of his lifes work as both spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.

Synopsis:

Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than 60 hours with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in candid, one-on-one interviews that covered His Holiness's beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and his lifelong study of Buddhism.

Synopsis:

The Story of Tibet is a work of monumental importance and a crucial addition to our understanding of a country with one of the world's richest backgrounds. Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews addressing His Holiness's beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and his lifelong study of Buddhism. Laird brings his meetings with His Holiness to life in a rich, historical narrative that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. Traveling across great distances to offer vivid descriptions of Tibet's monasteries, Laird explores with His Holiness Tibet's relations with the Mongols, the Golden Age under the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibet's years under Manchu overlords, the four decades of modern independence in the first half of the twentieth century, and the Dalai Lama's personal meetings with Mao Tse-Tung just before His Holiness fled into exile in 1959.

With so much of Tibetan identity based on oral history, The Story of Tibet is His Holiness's personal look at his country's past, and also a summation of a life's work as the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802118271
Subtitle:
Conversations with the Dalai Lama
Author:
Laird, Thomas
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho
Subject:
Asia - Tibet
Subject:
History-Asia - General
Subject:
Tibet (china)
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060928
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of four-color illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 30.5 oz

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Product details 288 pages Grove Press - English 9780802118271 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a tenderly crafted study that is equal parts love letter, traditional history and oral history, Laird chronicles the development of Tibet from its mythic origins to its takeover by Communist China in 1950. Weaving historical research with interviews with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled leader, veteran journalist Laird (Into Tibet: The CIA's First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa) offers insight into the triumphs and failures of the country. In one particularly fascinating section, the Dalai Lama expresses reservations about the truth of the Tibetan creation myths involving a demon and a monkey and accepts Darwin's theory of evolution as the most logical explanation of the origins of humankind. Laird traces Tibet's sometimes tortured relationships with China and India, recounting the country's conflicts with the Mongols and the Manchu Empire, as well as its struggles for independence in the face of Chinese occupation. The Dalai Lama also recounts his early life; vividly recalls his first meeting, at age 19, with Mao Zedong; and reflects on his years in exile and his hopes for Tibet to be freed from occupation. Throughout, Laird's colorful and lively writing brings to life thousands of years of Tibetan history, inviting the reader on his journey to a strange and wonderful land. 16 pages of color photos. (Nov.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The Story of Tibet is a work of monumental importance, a fascinating journey through the land and history of Tibet, with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama as guide. Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews that covered His Holinesss beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and his lifelong study of Buddhism. Traveling across great distances to offer vivid descriptions of Tibets greatest monasteries, Laird brings his meetings with His Holiness to life in a rich and vibrant historical narrative that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. His Holiness introduces us to Tibets greatest yogis and meditation masters, and explains how the institution of the Dalai Lama was founded. Embedded throughout this journey is His Holinesss lessons on the larger roles religion and spirituality have played in Tibets story, reflecting the Dalai Lamas belief that history should be examined not only conventionally but holistically. The Story of Tibet is His Holinesss personal look at his countrys past as well as a summation of his lifes work as both spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.
"Synopsis" by , Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than 60 hours with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in candid, one-on-one interviews that covered His Holiness's beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and his lifelong study of Buddhism.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Story of Tibet is a work of monumental importance and a crucial addition to our understanding of a country with one of the world's richest backgrounds. Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews addressing His Holiness's beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and his lifelong study of Buddhism. Laird brings his meetings with His Holiness to life in a rich, historical narrative that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. Traveling across great distances to offer vivid descriptions of Tibet's monasteries, Laird explores with His Holiness Tibet's relations with the Mongols, the Golden Age under the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibet's years under Manchu overlords, the four decades of modern independence in the first half of the twentieth century, and the Dalai Lama's personal meetings with Mao Tse-Tung just before His Holiness fled into exile in 1959.

With so much of Tibetan identity based on oral history, The Story of Tibet is His Holiness's personal look at his country's past, and also a summation of a life's work as the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.

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