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    His Holiness Dalai Lama(Author)

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This book is a first. There has never been one entirely dedicated to the spiritual life of the Dalai Lama. Yet as one of the world's most recognised, and respected, spiritual leaders there will clearly be great interest in such a work from His Holiness' thousands of friends and followers around the world.

The Dalai Lama sees himself first and foremost as a human being, secondly as a monk and thirdly as the political leader of Tibet. In this extraordinary book we read many hitherto unknown stories from his childhood, his formation as a monk and his gradual development as a leader of his people. We are offered a view of his daily spiritual practise, invited to listen in on the dialogue he has been pursuing with other religions, with non-believers and with scientists in his search for ethical and environmental principles, and shown how he brings a sense of goodness and conscience to political life around the globe.

In a world that is so profoundly interdependent, the Dalai Lama explains how he transforms himself through spiritual means in order to have a positive effect on the world, and he encourages us to do the same by working on ourselves first of all.

"A symbol of serenity, a spiritual leader second only to the Pope" (Independent)"The Dalai Lama is the most influential person in the world" (Time magazine)"He draws crowds that no other spiritual leader or politician could hope to match...he seems to look at life in a different way to everyone else" (The Times)"A man of great intelligence and charm...He has become the lynch pin of hope for a great many people" (Professor Robert Thurman, author of Infinite Life)"A subtle, quick, complex and extraordinarily intelligent man who brings three qualities to a spiritual discourse - gentleness, clarity and laughter" (Professor Robert Kieley, Harvard University) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By Elaine on 27 October 2016

    very prompt service. Correct discription.

  • By Alan the Kaz on 21 October 2010

    'My Spiritual Autobiography' isn't an "autobiography" in the traditional sense (for that, check out 'Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama of Tibet'). Rather, this is a collection of many of the Dalai Lama's writings and speeches spanning the duration of his entire career, all revolving around the subject of spirituality. They have been carefully compiled, with in-depth annotations, by the Dalai Lama's personal translator, Sophia Stril-Rever.This book has been divided into three sections, exploring the Dalai Lama "as a human being", "as a Buddhist monk" and "as the Dalai Lama". All three sections highlight the struggles the Dalai Lama has faced regarding Tibet, and how he has always managed to retain his good-nature and inspiring values in the face of such overwhelming adversity. His philosophy towards life and other people is exemplary, and a ray of light in these troubling times. Although heavily entrenched in Buddhism, the Dalai Lama always seeks to make his views accessible to the secular Westerner.But it was the third and final section, about his life as a political leader, which stole the book for me. Although the Dalai Lama is clearly not the most impartial source in the world to discuss the current political situation in Tibet, his analysis makes for crucial reading for anybody who wants to understand one of the most troubling human rights issues in the world today. This section was difficult for me to read, especially as it followed on from two sections which were so full of hope and optimism. The Dalai Lama doesn't shy away from telling us the disturbing reality that Tibetans in their homeland have been facing for the last half-decade, and every time he has something hopeful to say, it seems to get dashed in the very next paragraph. Yet, despite this, he always retains dignity, constantly reminding us of his unwavering hope and the love he shares towards his Chinese "brothers and sisters". What's more, through his messages of peace and stance of non-violence and mutual cooperation between nations, more and more people throughout the world are being drawn to his teachings, and countries can no longer sit idly by while China continues its genocide on Tibet. This message of hope prevails throughout this troubling section.But, while 'My Spiritual Autobiography' is an inspiring read, it also falls short on a number of counts. Firstly, as an anthology of sorts, most of the material in here is available elsewhere. Anybody who's read one or two books by the Dalai Lama before will have heard much of what's been said already. Secondly, it may seem long at 265 pages, but there's actually a huge amount of wasted space inside (blank pages, big borders, etc.). And, finally, due to the very nature of such a collection, there's a lot of repetition of some of the same points.So, like anything else written by the Dalai Lama, this is an incredibly beautiful and inspiring book. It would probably make for a very good introductory book to the Dalai Lama's teachings, the situation in Tibet and, to a lesser extent, Tibetan Buddhism. But anybody who is already at least somewhat familiar with these subjects would probably do best to save their money (or wait until the cheaper soft cover is released).

  • By Mossy on 6 December 2011

    This book is well worth reading by people of all faiths or none. It shows His Holiness's deep humility and compassion for every person in the world. His many talks at conferences make up much of the book with explanatary additions by the editor. In my opinion it should be read slowly, a little at a time, to fully absorb the nuances of his thought.

  • By Nick Brown on 31 July 2012

    The first section is an initmate and moving account of how the 14th Dalai Lama sees his life as a human being. Anyone would benfit from reading it. The rest of the book tells of events in his life including his life in exile and his attitude to the international community.

  • By BT on 8 November 2012

    Everybody should read this book. It highlights the political and environmental challenges that we all face in our world but which are generally ignored.

  • By Chrste on 30 November 2010

    This book does not need a long review as my simple words could not be used to talk about this man.Should be on everyone's 'MUST READ' list.A truly Gloabal leader of importance to all nations creeds and religions - if more people listened to DL the world would be a much better place.

  • By jon on 21 October 2010

    once again the great lama adds to his amazing teachings, the one positive out of the chinese invasion of tibet is that his teachings are freely available in the western world, may his caring thoughts return to him and his beleagured country, tashi shok.

  • By south london shopper on 3 January 2014

    I am reading this book at the moment. Savouring it. I am enjoying reading about the historical facts behind the Dalai Lama's life story and his mixing in of Buddhist spiritual teaching as he shares about himself.


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