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Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an extraordinary example of a life dedicated to peace, communication, and unity. What he represents, and what he has accomplished, heals and transcends the current tensions between Tibet and China. Why the Dalai Lama Matters explores just why he has earned the world's love and respect, and how restoring Tibet's autonomy within China is not on ...more
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Published June 3rd 2008 by Atria Books/Beyond Words (first published January 1st 2008)
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An informative book why the Dalai Lama (the 14th and the position in general) is important: he is a scientist, a political leader, a role model, a Buddhist monk and teacher, a philosopher, a leader, and more. Also about Chinese/Tibetan relations and suggestions for how the two nations can go forward together in harmony.

"Dr. Paul Ekman, the world authority on emotion revealed in facial expression, was unable to find the slightest trace of artificiality in the Dalai Lama's smile." Page F in pictur
Oct 11, 2015 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
I have learned a lot by reading this book. A small step to enlightenment.

Its just sad that China did not take the opportunity they had during the 2008 olympics, they did not do the steps, the author had written in the book. If China had taken those steps, it would had been wonderful for the Tibetans and other Asians.

Instead, it seems the Chinese government is intent on being an agressive super power, because as of now, China is claiming that they own an island that is under the Philippines. Not
Feb 20, 2013 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit disappointing,I wouldn't really recommend it. Although I did pick up some additional information about the Tibetan situation, I was familiar with much of it from my time in Dharamsala India in the Tibetan refugee community and from reading the Dalai Lama's two autobiographies.

However it could be useful to some people. The explanation of Tibetan Buddhism's roots is informative, if a bit complex.

I reacted to a couple of aspects of the book: firstly that a Westerner, although educated in Asi
Oct 08, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tibet
An overly sentimental piece that's already dated with constant references to President Hu Jintao. I recommend it for people who are already deep into the Tibet debate, but not for those new on the scene (it'll probably cement an overly idealistic image). While Thurman does openly call himself idealistic, he at least tries to broaden our minds into the possibilities and his approach to the issue is way more balanced than the Tibet as Independent State vs. Tibet is Chinese debate that it is usuall ...more
Lyn Farrell
Apr 16, 2016 Lyn Farrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read by a respected scholar. Offers a unique insight into Tibet-China relations and into the work of the Dalai Lama to ensure his people are not forgotten - a feat barely short of miraculous when you think of how unknown he and Tibet were when he started the quest). The solution to the problems of allowing Tibet to flourish independently but not outside of China are the product of deep thinking about how to move forward in a way that stops the current attempted erosion of Tibetan c ...more
Nov 11, 2008 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This is a critical book to read even if one is not Buddhist. China will play an important role in the 21st century whether we like it or not. How it has dealt, and could deal, with cultural diversity at its doorstep has profound implications for our global future. The Dalai Lama is for the world what Martin Luther King Jr. was for the U.S. We would do well to become educated about the issue of Tibet, to become better advocates abroad for the human rights that we hold so dear here.
Dec 30, 2008 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have tickets to see Robert Thurman in February so I wanted to read his book before then. I was amazed to find myself starting to believe that is is possible that China could come to see the advantage of an independent Tibet. Per Thurman, think of the end of apartheid in South Africa and of the dissolution of the former Soviet Union.
Dec 30, 2008 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism, religion
As we enter the 50th anniversary of the complete takeover of Tibet by China and the beginning of the Dalia Lama's exile from his home land, one of America's great Buddhist Scholars Robert Thurman explains why the cause of Tibet deserves more than mere lip service and what the Dalai Lama offers to the world.
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I edited this book for Beyond Words/Atria books. I found it extremely informative about the situation in Tibet and the Dalai Lama's activism not only for Tibet's freedom but also for advancements in humankind.

I recommend this for people who are passionate about making the world a better place.
Sep 21, 2009 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
I was really looking forward to this book. But what I got was a very complicated discussion of Buddhism rather than a primer on the Dalai Lama himself. After floudering for a few days I gave up. If you want to read the book yourself, I have a copy that I'd love to give to you.
Danielle Strickman
Heard Robert Thurman speak at the University of Miami. He is quite extraordinary. He is a professor at Columbia University and co-founded Tibet House with Richard Gere. His plan for the future of Tibet is reasonable and inspiring. A must read along with, apparently, many of his other books.
Thurman is an apologist for the Tibetan independence cause, in addition to being a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. What I gained from this book was a better idea of Tibetan history in relation to the Dalai Lama, and the way Tibet is physically separate from China.
Jul 16, 2009 Angie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism, tibet, 2009
Horribly written and edited, not really worth you time. If you really want to know why HHDL matters, read one of his own books.
Feb 05, 2009 Fiona715 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent explanation of the Dalai Lama's position on Chinese/Tibetan relationships and an explanation of how the differences could be worked out.
Rachel Swords
I wasn't able to finish this book before it had to go back to the library. I was interested with the contents of the chapters I did get to read....China needs to listen to the Dalai Lama!
While it starts with H.H. Dalai Lama; it quickly moves into a discussion of China-Tibet relations and why the chinese should give up it's occupation.
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Tenzin Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair of Buddhist Studies in the United States. He is the author of the bestseller Inner Revolution, as well as Anger, Infinite Life, and other popular books. He is also a translator of Tibetan texts. He serves as co-founder and president of Tibet House US, a no ...more
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