Understanding The Dalai Lama
Ocean of Wisdom, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet is revered as a bodhisattva—a reincarnation of the Buddha—by six million followers around the world. He describes himself as a simple smiling monk. Between these extremes of divinity and being human, however, lies a personality fascinating in its own right: a theologian who can debate the intricacies of Buddhism, a philosopher whose thinking influences people around the world, a political and spiritual leader of the displaced Tibetan people, a best-selling author, a son and brother, and simply a friend to many. He is also universally recognized as the best hope for peace and amity in today’s troubled world.
In Understanding the Dalai Lama, Rajiv Mehrotra brings together a range of contributors who offer insights into different facets of this remarkable individual. Pico Iyer draws a portrait of a disarming man with an infectious laugh, Robert Thurman gives us a glimpse of the Dalai Lama's spiritual development, and Matthieu Ricard describes a day in the life of His Holiness. The Dalai Lama’s deep curiosity, keen insight and high level of scientific sophistication are revealed by Daniel Goleman, while Thupten Jinpa recounts the Dalai Lama's passion for Tibet's thousand-year-old intellectual tradition of logic and philosophical debates. The book also includes a syllable by syllable translation of the Dalai Lama's full name by Jeffrey Hopkins, a poem by U.R. Ananthamurthy and an extended interview with His Holiness by Rajiv Mehrotra.
‘A well-rounded, down-to-earth picture of one of the modern day’s most extraordinary and intriguing public figures’—Outlook
‘The book is a sincere and informative collection of essays . . . reveals the great XIVth Dalai Lama’s thought, his work, his extremely engaging personality, his genuine charisma’—Dawn
‘Understanding the Dalai Lama certainly helps one to understand him as much as one can through the limited space of a book’—The Sentinel
‘A lovely bouquet’—Free Press Journal
About the Editor : Rajiv Mehrotra, a personal student of the Dalai Lama, was educated at the universities of Delhi, Oxford and Columbia. For over three decades he has been a familiar face on public television, notably as the anchor of an in-depth, one-on-one talk show. He is presently secretary/trustee of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and managing trustee of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, a trustee of the Norbulinka Institute of Tibetan Culture, and has served as a Judge of the Templeton Prize for Spirituality, on the governing councils of the Sri Aurobindo Society and the Film and Television Institute of India. An independent documentary film-maker, he has won several international and five national awards from the President of India. He was nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum at Davos and twice invited to speak at plenary sessions.
Rajiv is the author of The Mind of the Guru: Conversations with Spiritual Masters (Penguin, 2003) and has edited The Essential Dalai Lama (Penguin, 2005). He is currently working on Thakur: A Biography of Sri Ramakrishna (to be published by Penguin) and a biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama .
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