Author: Dalai Lama
Foreword/Introduction: Richard Gere
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7992-824-1
This book contains excerpts of the unusually beautiful and inspiring words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. His message of the universal need for kindness and consideration at every level of human relations, from person-to-person to global concerns, is one that transcends all cultural and religious boundaries.
The book has been compiled from talks the Dalai Lama has made at various universities, monasteries, and interfaith services around the world. His thoughts are at once both lively and profound, for, surprisingly to some who first meet him, His Holiness has a refreshingly wonderful sense of humor. The crucial necessity for world peace, including the overriding threat of nuclear weapons, and the need to show concern for the environment are also interwoven in these Guidelines for Living which should be read by anyone who cares about the fate of our increasingly interdependent and imperiled Earth.
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1937 at the age of two and was enthroned in 1940 as its spiritual and temporal leader. In the midst of his religious education, China invaded Tibetan Government-in-exile. A scholar, a man of peace, and a spokesman for better understanding among people and religions, he has received honorary degrees from Benares Hindu University, India; Carroll College, Waukesha; the University of oriental Studies, Los Angeles; Seattle University, Seattle; and the University of Paris, Nanterre.
Among his awards are the Ramon Magsaysay, Manila, the Philippines; Peace Medal, Asian Buddhist Council for Peace, Ulan Bator, Mongolia; the Lincoln Award, Research Institute of America; the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Human Behavioral Foundation, New York City; the bi-annual award of the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights, Bern Switzerland; and the Dr. Leopold Lucas Prize, the University of Tubingen, Germany. A few of his many books are My Land and My People; The Opening of the Wisdom Eye; Buddhism of Tibet and the Key to the Middle Way; Union of Emptiness and Place; and Kindness, Clarity and Insight, along with distinguished writings on Buddhist Philosophy.