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A lifetime of wisdom : essential writings by and about the Dalai Lama
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-
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New York : Marlowe, [2002]

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xii, 348 pages ; 23 cm
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BQ7935.B777 A3 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Readers who want to appreciate and understand the scope and depth of the Dalai Lama's wisdom must currently select from a variety of books. Now, A Lifetime of Wisdom brings together those writings that, taken together, constitute an essential account of the Dalai Lama's teaching legacy. A thoughtful, inspirational, and beautifully designed and packaged collection of the most essential writings by the Dalai Lama, A Lifetime of Wisdom includes accounts of the Dalai Lama's early days as a child plucked from obscurity to rule over Tibet, his struggles with the Chinese who invaded his country, and his tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace. Readers will come away with a comprehensive sense of the Dalai Lama's fundamental themes, from personal happiness to world peace.

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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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this anthology, Willis (Why Meditate?) draws from 17 diverse sources to illuminate the multifaceted life of the 14th Dalai Lama. Both those who follow the Tibetan spiritual leader closely and those who are merely interested in seeing what prompts the global attention can benefit from this artful array of autobiography, biography, conversation, spiritual commentary and essays. Some of the most touching passages are found in the excerpts from the Dalai Lama' s My Land and My People, such as this autobiographical memory of the most momentous [day] Lhasa had ever seen.... Everything was fresh and gay with spring: the spears of the new green grass, the delicate buds on the poplar and willow trees, the lotus leaves in the lake thrusting up to the surface and unfolding to the sun all was green.... That was the last brief moment of peace of mind I was to know. The very next moment, Lhasa erupted with thousands of Tibetans in revolt against the Chinese presence. Commentary, such as that found in an excerpt from Stages of Meditation, rests comfortably alongside more popular pieces such as an essay by Heinrich Harrer, whose time teaching the Dalai Lama was chronicled in Seven Years in Tibet. There are also interviews with His Holiness by actor/performance artist Spalding Gray and travel writer Pico Iyer. In Buddhist terms, this choice book is a comprehensive vehicle. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Clint WillisDalai LamaSpalding GrayDalai LamaDalai LamaSeventh Dalai LamaDalai LamaDalai LamaDalai LamaDalai LamaHeinrich HarrerDalai LamaDalai LamaDalai LamaDalai Lama and Jean-Claude CarriereJohn F. AvedonPico IyerDalai LamaGlenn H. Mullin
Introductionp. ix
from Freedom in Exilep. 1
Inside Out: The Dalai Lama Interviewed by Spalding Grayp. 19
from Kindness, Clarity, and Insightp. 35
from Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heartp. 55
Meditations on the Ways of Impermanencep. 87
from Stages of Meditationp. 93
from The Joy of Living and Dying in Peacep. 105
from Four Essential Buddhist Commentariesp. 125
from My Land and My Peoplep. 157
from Seven Years in Tibetp. 175
from Buddha Heart, Buddha Mind: Living the Four Noble Truthsp. 201
from A Flash of Lighning in the Dark of Night: A guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Lifep. 211
from My Land and My Peoplep. 241
from Violence and Compassionp. 269
from In Exile from the Land of Snowsp. 289
Over Tea with the Dalai Lamap. 303
from Ethics for the New Millenniump. 323
A Biographical Sketch of the Fourteen Dalai Lamasp. 329
Acknowledgmentsp. 343
Permissionsp. 344
Bibliographyp. 347
About the Editorp. 349