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Jennifer
Aug 19, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I appreciate Pico Iyer for his seemingly effortless intelligence and worldliness. As a nomad with a background in many different cultures and religions, he brings his experiences to all that he writes. In this book, he examines his forty year relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and gently but skillfully exposes the genius and challenges of the man.

In particular, I appreciated his nuanced discussion about things like the challenges of communicating complex ideas to audiences that are l
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Jon
Dec 28, 2012 Jon rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Lyer's that I've read. Following around the Dalai Lama for an extended period of time, with virtually unrestricted access, combined with the insightful writing Lyer brings, makes for for a fascinating read. This isn't a religious book, nor one that tries to convince the reader to convert to Buddhism. It is a fascinating look into the life of an extraordinary human being, "a simple monk" as the Dalai Lama repeatedly refers to himself. Yes, many look to him as divine, but ...more
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