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My Spiritual Journey

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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 c
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Ben Babcock
He’s just this guy, you know?

My Spiritual Journey is a collection of the Dalai Lama’s writings, speeches, and thoughts as they pertain to his life as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama. This is not a traditional autobiography or memoir. Instead, some of the chapters (passages? sections?) are quite short—even less than a page—but no less meaningful or inspiring. Rather than looking for some kind of chronological theme, it helps to view this book in those three stages outline
I'd first like to clarify that I found very much of this book interesting and I came away having learned very much about Tibet and Buddhism. This being said, I still really had to push myself to finish this book. I came into reading it with very high expectations, I thought it would be the exact type of book I would be enthralled in. However, I reserved a few problems with it.

First, I, personally, did not feel a great sense of continuity or organization within the book. I learned and enjoyed the
I am trying to be objective in this review, as this book was a disappointment for me, but that is because I've read a whole lot about and by the Dalai Lama, and have studied Buddhism for nearly 20 years. A lot of this is cut from previous letters/speeches/books with some explanations thrown in. Originally translated from French, I did notice some minor content differences. If you haven't read a lot of his works, this would be a great book for you. If you've read a lot of his works, skip it, unle ...more
Makaela Davis

This unique book written by the Dalai Lama himself was a fantastic read. Full of adventure, and hardships that were endured throughout the life of his holiness. the Dalai Lama has written other books, but this one was the first time that he had written about his personal life and all of his experiences from the man who has seen it all. This book does not only contain stories and information about his time as the Dalai Lama, but the training it took to get to where he is and how well established
As always, lot of good thoughts and quotes. The Dalai Lama is always an interesting and inspirational read. I learned a lot about the atrocities in Tibet and I find it hard to believe that so little has been done. I like that the Dalai Lama focuses so much on compassion. It's definitely one of things this world could use tons more of. My biggest gripe with this book was that it seemed kind of repetitive. Like each section was approved individually with out consideration to whether most of the in ...more
LOVING this book - if you are in tune with your own spiritual journey, I think you will love it too. I am fascinated to learn about how the Dalai Lama found out he was the incarnation of the 13th dalai lama and about his childhood. But it's interspersed with anecdotes about current political situations affecting Tibet and essentially, the whole world. China is really something else. . .I will pray for them. I recommend this book for all spiritually minded individuals.
Ambili Shyam
This book is a collection of Dalai Lama’s public speeches, his personal reflections and his dharma talks along with the author Sofia Stril Rever’s thoughtful insights. The book has three parts, which Dalai Lama describes as “three commitments in Life”. The first part is “As a human being” where he says he is just a human being who has chosen to serve as Buddhist monk. He speaks about the basic nature of all human beings. Despite the fact that we already possess many positive qualities like lovin ...more
David Hallman
Yes, I am giving the Dalai Lama two stars. Not that there isn't valuable material here, there always is when it comes to the DL. But to market this as a spiritual autobiography is a bit unfair to the reader. This is primarily a political track emphasizing the Tibetan government in exile's current position in relation to China. As far as spiritual writing goes, there is a fair bit of that as well. But what this book doesn't do enough of is tell the story of the Dalai Lama's early spiritual develo ...more
Man O'neal
Eh, nothing much to it. The message is nice. The 14th Dalai Lama's emphasis on love, freedom, peace, forgiveness and compassion is very noble and positive. I don't think you'll find many who will argue that. But it's nothing new or interesting, not to me at least. All that jazz about humanity and kindness is great and wonderful etcetera etcetera. But I didn't find the thoughts put down in this book to be particularly unique or life changing. Maybe to someone else it would be. In fact, I wouldn't ...more
Lauren Henderson
I did not finish this book.

I was really looking forward to learning more about the Dalai Lama's spiritual journey. I love his whole Lo-ove is my Religion outlook on life, and I feel like a lot of Christian's can learn a lot from him. Especially after learning that there are so many parallels between the Dalai Lama and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series (one of my favorite cartoon series), I became extremely interested in how he discovered that he is the Dalai Lama and how he became who he is
This is a dynamic book about the Dalai Lama. It is part biography, Tibetan history, politics, spirituality and personal vision. This is a good begining for those interested in Tibet or the current Dalai Lama. It is written with the assistance of Sofia Srtil-Rever. The most fascinating aspects of this book is when the Dalai Lama talks about his childhood in Tibet and his obligations and routines as the Dalai Lama.

This book is not a spiriutal guide or Buddhist teaching tool. It is a great book th
Maggie Gaylord
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama writes about his experiences gaining his title as well as living it out. In his memoir, My Spiritual Journey, he describes the hardships he has had to face as well as the rewards he has gained. From the beginning when he was chosen as the Dalai Lama, to fleeing Tibet in order to escape the Chinese, he has stayed true to his faith and religion throughout.
My Spiritual Journey takes place in Tibet. He is first chosen as the Dalai Lama by Buddhist monks who f
I have a soft spot in my heart for books on this amazing man. This book, however, was an odd collection of thoughts (written by a Frenchwoman)that I hoped would shed more light on his true spiritual "journey." It ends up the book is more a haphazard spin of his general life, most facts of which I already knew... so nothing new learned. Also, it seems as if entire paragraphs were repeated in different sections, a structure I found mildly annoying. I really did enjoy the thoughtful pieces on "taki ...more
This is a book which is part biographical, Buddhism teachings, Tibetan history, politics and (even) green activism. The first half of the book touches on the Dalai Lama's childhood years and his identification and confirmation as the 14th Dalai Lama. In the second half of the book, he imparts Buddhist teachings of loving-kindness, compassion and universal responsibility; to exercise brotherly exchanges between religions, and his interest in the interface between science and humanity. In the fina ...more
Peter Heisler
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. Toward the end it gets very political and repetitive, mostly because of the selections the co-author makes (speeches all on the same subjects). Still, a worthwhile read, and from the most authoritative source on the subjects.
Madonna Analla
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't know too much about the Dalai Lama's story and the Free Tibet movement and this book gave a good overview of his perspective on his country's struggles.
An insightful account into the mind of a both religious leader and the leader of a country in exile. This personal statement is not only religious or philosophical, but gives a great overview of the condition of Tibet. How China took Tibet over, the atrocities committed against the Tibetan people and what those that left are doing for the next generation.
With regards to the spiritual and philosophical points of view, obviously, the Dalai Lama is a pacifist, but nonetheless, he has great insig
This book is most definitely worth reading. The Dalai Lama speaks such wise words in a way that is easy to understand and remember. I tore through the first few chapters eager to learn all I could from him but halfway through the book my enthusiasm tapered off. Many of the speeches were repetitive and I also think I lacked enough understanding of the Tibet situation to understand the context of it all. I am happy I picked this book up, it's definitely one I will want to keep on my bookshelf and ...more
At the age of only 16, the Dalai Lama became the temporal leader of Tibet. This book details the way in which he was chosen as a very young child, which was fascinating. Much of the book is devoted to his teaching and beliefs. The last third discusses the Chinese incursion into Tibet and the genocide that the Chinese have continued to perpetuate in an attempt to wipe out Tibetan culture, to eliminate their religion and to decimate the Tibetan people. Their actions at the time of the recent Olym ...more
Annie Grigg
I found this book insightful and agree with much of what he says. It speaks to the way we should all strive to live to improve ourselves and the world around us. Slightly repetitive in places.
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.
I have some mixed feelings about this book. The beginning was rather disappointing to me, I'll admit. Talking about compassion, love and spirituality to someone so materialistic like me is pointless. Don't get me wrong, they were all valuable and pretty quotable advices to make the world a better place. But it's always easier to say it rather than actually do it. They came off a little too optimistic and jusy up in the air to me.

The main reason I read this book was to get to know more about the
Daylynn Foster
My first exposure to him or anything about him. Satisfied my curiosity. Inspiring. Can't say it has a happy ending though.
Priya Pushparaj
The first half was good... And it was getting kind of getting Repetitive after that

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,

The beginning of the book is a good overview of Buddhism as a system of 'transforming the mind with the aim of freeing ourselves from suffering and its causes' and explains how both Buddhism and science share the goal of perfecting the human condition. The later part includes some history of Tibet including the Lhasa Insurrection of 1959 and the Dalai Lama's forced exile. Since the book is compiled from speeches and essays it's a bit choppy in places and some of the summaries by Sofia Stil-Rever ...more
Beautiful Affirmations on compassion and what it is to be a Human
I think everyone is impressed by the Dalai Lama. This is a collection of his writings and speeches, put in chronological order so that you can discover his thoughts and the progression of his life. I had only been marginally aware of the awful destruction by the Chinese in Tibet, including the torture, imprisonment and death of many Tibetans as well as the ecological destruction by mining. I like his idea of making Tibet the center of peace in the world through their Buddhist beliefs as well as ...more
as expected, lots of great insights
It's a great book from a great person. The Dalai Lama talked about his own life experience, his religion and the situation in Tibet. It's really good to see the Tibetan problem from a different perspective. But I think he is biased. I've seen Tibetans and things don't really look that bad. And his solution to the problem changes along the way. It's for the best of everyone. I like him talking about compassion, and that makes him such a great person. But many of the religious talks don't make sen ...more
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Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub), the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world's most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.

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