My Spiritual Journey (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
33 Reviews

The world knows the public face of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama charts his spiritual journey from his boyhood days in rural Tibet to his years as a monk in the capital city of Dharamsala, to his life in exile as a world leader and symbol of peace.

My Spiritual Journey provides a vivid and moving portrait of the Dalai Lama’s life journey that is personal in tone but universal in scope. He explores three phases or commitments of his spiritual life—as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama—each of which has made him more dedicated to exploring and teaching human values and inner happiness, promoting harmony among all religions, and advocating for the civil rights and well-being of the Tibetan people.

At the age of two, little Tenzin Gyatso was identified as the fourteenth reincarnation of the first Dalai Lama. From then on, his life has been on a trajectory few can imagine. Some see him as a living Buddha and moral authority, others identify him as a “god-king,” while still others see him in political terms as either ahero or a counterrevolutionary. In My Spiritual Journey, we see the personal struggles, the courage, the laughter, and the compassion that have defined the remarkable life of one of our world’s greatest living legends.

  

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as expected, lots of great insights Read full review

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User Review  - Madonna Analla - Goodreads

This was a good book full of his personal reflections on his life. The co-writer, Sofia Stril-Rever added some historical context to his writings so I got the backstory on the Free Tibet issue. I didn ... Read full review

Contents

My Three Commitments in Life
1
Am No One Special
7
Until My Last Breath I Will Practice Compassion
18
My Lives Without Beginning or End
31
My Childhood in Lhasa
46
My Reincarnation Lineage
55
As a Buddhist Monk
71
Temples of Kindness in Our Hearts
82
must not separate ethics from progress
129
Taking Care of the Earth
133
Our Planet Is One World
151
In 1959 the Dalai Lama Meets the World
163
My Children You Are the Future of Tibet
180
In the name of humanity I appeal to all the peoples
206
Tibet Sanctuary of Peace for the World
218
Place My Hope in the Human Heart
257

Transforming Our Minds
88
Transforming the World
103
Do Not Believe in Ideologies
109
My Dialogue with the Sciences
119
Winning Peace with the Dalai Lama
263
Bibliography
272
The Kalachakra Mandala
280
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About the author (2010)

His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet and head of their government-in-exile. Since 1959, His Holiness has received over eighty-four awards and honorary doctorates, including the Nobel Peace Prize and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, interreligious understanding, and compassion.

Sofia Stril-Rever is a Sanskrit expert and an interpreter for the Dalai Lama. She received training from a traditional Indian pandit and a Tibetan lama in the monastery of Kirti (Dharamsala). She translated and published a collection titled Kalachakra Buddhist Scriptures and cofounded the website www.buddhaline.net.

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