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The meaning of life from a Buddhist perspective
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-
Publication Information:
Boston : Wisdom Publications, [1993]
Physical Description:
xi, 111 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Translation of a series of lectures in Tibetan given in London, 1984.
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BQ7935.B774 M4 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism while answering some of life's most profound & challenging questions. He bases his explanation on the twelve links of dependent-arising as depicted in the famous Buddhist image of the wheel of life.

Author Notes

The exiled 14th Dalai Lama was born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family living in a former Tibetan village. He was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous spiritual leader of his nation at the age of two and enthroned on February 22, 1940. In 1959 he and 100,000 followers fled the country following a failed revolt against the Communist Chinese forces that had occupied Tibet for almost a decade.

Since that time, the Dalai Lama has met with numerous world leaders and U. N. officials in a tireless effort to free his country and preserve the traditional Tibetan way of life. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and has been awarded honorary citizenships by many international cities and countries, as well as multiple honorary degrees and human rights awards. In 2007 the Dalai Lama received the United States Congressional Gold Medal. He has written many books and lectures around the world. His book, My Spiritual Journey, made the iBooks bestseller list in 2016. He is the author of the best seller, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, with the Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams.

(Bowker Author Biography) The Dalai Lama, spiritual & political leader of the Tibetan people & a Nobel Peace Laureate, has in the last decade become a global spiritual leader whose message of universal & individual responsibility has won worldwide acclaim.

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The main parts of this book are five lectures, followed by four question and answer periods, given by Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, in London in 1984. They were published in 1992 as The Meaning of Life from a Buddhist Perspective, and they remain the core of this revised edition. For the most part, the lectures are a clear exposition of basic Buddhist teaching, though references to the Tantras assume some prior acquaintance. The Dalai Lama's responses to questions convey a sense of his personal warmth and compassion. Libraries with an interest in Buddhism or Asian religions should own one of these editions. The revision has some features not found in the original: an expanded introduction by translator Jeffrey Hopkins (Univ. of Virginia) and some minor changes in the translation, two additions to the notes, which have been moved to the back of the book, a better index, and a completely redesigned format. Both editions contain a glossary and a bibliography. The revisi on is an improvement on the first edition, but the differences are not so great as to require libraries having the 1992 version to purchase the newer one. All readership levels. H. Peebles emeritus, Wabash College