My Spiritual Journey

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Harper Collins, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
45 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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User Review  - Mikelle Caine - Goodreads

Uplifting at first before turning to the reality that Tibet faces. The insight given into the situation is tough to handle but shows the power that is peace and love. Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Heisler - Goodreads

This is a good introduction to the Dalai Lama's thinking on religion and our role as citizens of the world. The most interesting parts in my opinion had to do with his early childhood and upbringing ... Read full review


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

Transforming Our Minds
Transforming the World
Do Not Believe in Ideologies
My Dialogue with the Sciences
Winning Peace with the Dalai Lama
The Kalachakra Mandala

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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

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