Synopses & Reviews
The world knows the public face of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama charts his spiritual journey from his boyhood days in rural Tibet to his years as a monk in the capital city of Dharamsala, to his life in exile as a world leader and symbol of peace.
My Spiritual Journeyprovides a vivid and moving portrait of the Dalai Lamas life journey that is personal in tone but universal in scope. He explores three phases or commitments of his spiritual lifeas a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lamaeach of which has made him more dedicated to exploring and teaching human values and inner happiness, promoting harmony among all religions, and advocating for the civil rights and well-being of the Tibetan people.
At the age of two, little Tenzin Gyatso was identified as the fourteenth reincarnation of the first Dalai Lama. From then on, his life has been on a trajectory few can imagine. Some see him as a living Buddha and moral authority, others identify him as a god-king, while still others see him in political terms as either a hero or a counterrevolutionary. In My Spiritual Journey, we see the personal struggles, the courage, the laughter, and the compassion that have defined the remarkable life of one of our worlds greatest living legends.
“An intriguing portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader.” Los Angeles Times
“Readers both well versed in and new to the Dalai Lamas teachings will make invaluable discoveries as the Dalai Lama emphasizes our common humanity, our interdependence, and the need for us to ‘cultivate a greater sense of universal responsibility.” Booklist
“This gathering of insights on a variety of topics should ...please the Dalai Lamas English-speaking adherents.” Library Journal
“In his moving new memoir, My Spiritual Journey,… the Dalai Lamas immense hope and good humor shine throughout.” Organic Spa Magazine
“An important record of the mind and heart of one of the great figures of our times.” New Age Retailer
“When a spiritual leader banned from a small Asian nation galvanizes a worldwide following, attention must be paid. Reading My Spiritual Journey is an alternately inspiring, fascinating, frustrating, and hopeful way to do just that.” AARP The Magazine
“Spirituality” may be the most nebulous word in the English language, but My Spiritual Journey provides a definition that both devotee and atheist might approve: ‘the full blossoming of human values that is essential for the good of all.” The Washington Post
In His Own Words
The Compelling Personal Story of the Spiritual Life of the Dalai Lama
The world knows the public face of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his Nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama charts his spiritual journey from his boyhood days in rural Tibet to his years as a monk in the capital city of Dharamsala, to his life in exile as a world leader and symbol of peace.
In this elegant self-portrait, the worlds most outspoken and influential spiritual leader recounts his epic and engaging life story. The Dalai Lamas most accessible and intimate book, My Spiritual Journey is an excellent introduction to the larger-than-life leader of Tibetan Buddhism—perfect for anyone curious about Eastern religion, invested in the Free Tibet movement, or simply seeking a richer spiritual life. The Dalai Lamas riveting, deeply insightful meditations on life will resonate strongly with readers of Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, or the His Holinesss own The Art of Happiness and Ethics for the New Millennium.
About the Author
His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet and head of their government-in-exile. Since 1959, His Holiness has received over eighty-four awards and honorary doctorates, including the Nobel Peace Prize and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, interreligious understanding, and compassion.