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The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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Publisher Comments:

An incisive analysis of the modern relevance of Tibetan Buddhism and its leader...Nonfiction of the highest caliber: fascinating and thorough.

--Kirkus (starred review)

A brilliant pairing of writer and subject.

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A wonderful book. I don't know when I have seen such a perfect match of a glorious subject and an author who can do justice to that subject.

--Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

Pico Iyer's exceptionally intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama takes us beyond global celebrity image and into a true private audience with a leader of tremendous complexity. Without ever losing compassion or respect for his subject, Iyer (like a good Buddhist, actually) peels away layer after layer of illusion, revealing critical truths about this man at every possible level. In so doing, the author makes an important case — namely, that the world doesn't merely need larger-than-life humanitarian idols; the world needs larger-than-life humanitarian idols whom we can also recognize as being real people, whose limitations, doubts and personal struggles reflect our fragile humanity right back upon us.

-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Pico Iyer delights, weaving with scintillating intelligence and evident fondness a spell-binding tale of the 14th Dalai Lama's uncanny power on the world stage. The Open Road intertwines an insider's access to telling detail with a well-seasoned journalist's skeptical sensibility. This thoughtful, thought-provoking book will open readers' eyes. I couldn't put it down.

-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

In The Open Road, Pico Iyer transcends hiscelebrated excellence as a travel writer. In an uncommonly thoughtful and eloquent report on the spiritual reflections and also the complex and demanding political and practical encounters negotiated every day by the Dalai Lama-an old friend of his father whom he has known well since early boyhood, not only on regular sojourns at Dharamsala but as a companionable observer on His Holiness's tireless world travels on behalf of simple sanity and peace-Iyer has brought us an invaluable account and precious gift.

-Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard

Pico Iyer has taken on perhaps the hardest subject in the whole world to capture on paper: the story of a spiritual/political leader whose greatness is routinely condensed by media accounts into platitudes, and of a movement for both globalized understanding and the salvation of one very particular sliver of land. His account of the 14th Dalai Lama is an undiluted triumph, a book as subtle and moving as any nonfiction produced in recent decades. The planet and its possibilities will look different to you by its close.

-Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

An illuminating account of the Dalai Lama furnishes an eye-opening study of his diverse roles as a politician, scientist, philosopher, and religious leader; discusses his ideas about religion, Tibet, peace, and world events; and examines his hidden life, often pragmatic messages, and the daily challenges he confronts. 50,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

This book is the first serious consideration of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Author Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for three decades--an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his humanity. Iyer illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.--From publisher description.

Table of Contents

In public. The conundrum ; The fairy tale ; The icon — In private. The philosopher ; The mystery ; The monk — In practice. The globalist ; The politician ; The future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268655
Subtitle:
The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Iyer, Pico
Author:
Pico Iyer
Subject:
Religion : Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Religious
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
Christianity-Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Dalai Lama
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Tibetan Buddhism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080325
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
275

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Product details 275 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307268655 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An illuminating account of the Dalai Lama furnishes an eye-opening study of his diverse roles as a politician, scientist, philosopher, and religious leader; discusses his ideas about religion, Tibet, peace, and world events; and examines his hidden life, often pragmatic messages, and the daily challenges he confronts. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , This book is the first serious consideration of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Author Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for three decades--an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his humanity. Iyer illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.--From publisher description.
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