Freedom in Exile - The Autobiography of Dalai Lama of Tibet

Freedom in Exile - The Autobiography of Dalai Lama of Tibet

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Author: Dalai Lama
Publisher: ABACUS
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 324
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0349111111

Description

In this new updated edition of a touching book, he tells of secret deals with the CIA as Tibet continued to struggle for independence, talks freely of the many world leaders he has known.

In 1938 a two-year old boy was recognized through a traditional process of discovery as being the reincarnation of all previous Dalai Lamas, the spiritual rulers of Tibet. Taken away from his parents, he was brought up in Lhasa according to a monastic regimen of rigorous austerity and in almost total isolation. Aged seven, he was enthroned in the 1000-room Potala Palace as the supreme spiritual leader of a nation the size of Western Europe, with a population of six million. At fifteen, he became head of the state.

With Tibet under threat from the newly Communist Chinese, there followed a traumatic decade during which he became the confidant of both Chairman Mao and Jawaharlal Nehru as he tried to maintain autonomy for his people. Then, in 1959, he was finally forced into exile - followed by over 100,000 destitute refugees. Since that time, in exile in the Himalayan village of Dharamsala, he has devoted himself to the plight of his people and to promoting world peace through an unwavering policy of non violence.

In this work, he describes in his own words what it was like to grow up revered as a deity among his people, reveals his innermost feelings about his role, and discusses the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism.

COMMENTS:

A touching book, that arouses great sympathy for its extraordinary author. - - Spectator

In this book of reminiscences, the Dalai Lama comes across as a gentle, decent, unassuming man of considerable shrewdness and enviable tranquility of mind. - - New Statesman & Society

Remarkable . . Moving and often amusing. - - New York Times.