Written with the full co-operation of the Dalai Lama, this fascinating, up-to-date biography captures the public persona and enduring mystery behind one of the world's most important spiritual leaders.
©2007 Mayank Chhaya; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Just listened to this book over the past week, One of the best books I have ever listened to. The author's thorough research and mastery of the genre makes it a great listen.
the text covers the entire life of the Dalai Lama and includes a critical analysis of the political and social situation as it developed since 1950s. The text reads like narrative but without technical terms. The narration is excellent including voice actors that sound like the real Dalai Lama. The author takes a non-bias viewpoint throughout but clearly empathizes with the Dalai Lama's teachings and point of view without stating so. Thorough political analysis of India and China's difficult relationship then and now. This analysis includes global perspective and the human element. Lots of stories within stories. It also covers social issues in Tibet now, social attitudes toward the leader in exile, and the changing theology of contemporary Tibetan buddhism as it adapts to such ideas as future reincarnations, loss of Tibet etc.
Totally recommend this text.
I've very much enjoyed this audio book. It is a fascinating account of His Holiness' life and the context in which he has become one of the world's most important figures. The author, Mayank Chhaya, spent many careful years researching and writing this "official" biography of the Dalai Lama, and this care comes through in this thorough and engaging biography. And, as he spends much time discussing the plight of Tibet within China's political, social, and economic "machinations," the book is also a great primer on Tibet/China relations. In addition, Paul English is an excellent narrator who does a masterful job in rendering difficult Tibetan names and other challenging words. Plus, he does a very, very good job recreating the voice of His Holiness. I would highly recommend this book.
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