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The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama

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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 history, science, reincarnation, and Buddhism. Laird brings these meetings to life in rich, vibrant, and monumental work that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. Tibets story is rich with tradition and filled with promise. It begins with the Bodhisattva Chenrizi (“The Holy One”) whose spirit many Tibetans believe resides within the Dalai Lama. We learn the origins of Buddhism, and about the era of Great Tibetan Emperors, whose reign stretched from southwestern China to Northern India. His Holiness introduces us to Tibets greatest yogis and meditation masters, and explains how the institution of the Dalai Lama was founded. Laird explores, with His Holiness, Tibets relations with the Mongols, the Golden Age under the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibets years under Manchu overlords, modern independence in the early twentieth century, and the Dalai Lamas personal meetings with Mao just before His Holiness fled into exile in 1959. The Story of Tibet is “a tenderly crafted study that is equal parts love letter, traditional history, and oral history” (Publishers Weekly).

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Amanda Schaefer, August 4, 2009 (view all comments by Amanda Schaefer)
A very good popular history of Tibet. It blends Laird's frame story of interviewing the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, his historical research, and the Dalai Lama's unique personal perspective on Tibetan history. Excellent, and very readable.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802143273
Author:
Laird, Thomas
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Asia - Tibet
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History - India
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 pages of color and BandW illustration
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 25 oz

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History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » Asia » Tibet
History and Social Science » World History » India
History and Social Science » World History » Tibet and Nepal
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Buddhism » Tibetan Buddhism

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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 history, science, reincarnation, and Buddhism. Laird brings these meetings to life in rich, vibrant, and monumental work that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. Tibets story is rich with tradition and filled with promise. It begins with the Bodhisattva Chenrizi (“The Holy One”) whose spirit many Tibetans believe resides within the Dalai Lama. We learn the origins of Buddhism, and about the era of Great Tibetan Emperors, whose reign stretched from southwestern China to Northern India. His Holiness introduces us to Tibets greatest yogis and meditation masters, and explains how the institution of the Dalai Lama was founded. Laird explores, with His Holiness, Tibets relations with the Mongols, the Golden Age under the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibets years under Manchu overlords, modern independence in the early twentieth century, and the Dalai Lamas personal meetings with Mao just before His Holiness fled into exile in 1959. The Story of Tibet is “a tenderly crafted study that is equal parts love letter, traditional history, and oral history” (Publishers Weekly).
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