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Freedom in Exile by Dalai Lama XIV
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May 28, 2009

it was amazing

The Dalai Lama does a wonderful job taking us from his childhood up through his exile and the current (mid 90s) situation that Tibet is in. It is truly remarkable that a man that has seen and had to deal with so many horrific things that the People's Liberation Army did to the Tibetan people can be so loving and forgiving. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the history of the Tibetan people and how Mao's communism, while it seemed like a good idea at the time, ultimately forced the Dalai Lama into exile and his people into a marshall law state for many years. Tibet is still not liberated and it is his hope to see that end before he dies, however he says that if he dies and does not come back reincarnated as another person, he knows that it will be for the betterment of all sentient beings. I also think that the idea of reincarnation is well explained and almost believable according to the stories he tells. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in Tibet, Buddhism, or just wants to gain a little bit of the Dalai Lama's wisdom.
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message 1: by Clif (new)

Clif Gee, I sure wish the reader had left a nice meaty comment on the book that I could read. I wonder how the Dalai Lama manages his Buddhist principles that include compassion with the fact that the Han Chinese are taking over his homeland.


message 2: by Clif (new)

Clif Sounds like a good mix of history and insight into the man himself. He seems to live what he believes and is probably the most likable person on the world stage. This may be because nobody feels threatened by him except the Chinese authorities, who do not like him. Maybe there is a lesson in that. But will he see what he hopes will come to pass?


message 3: by Roger (new)

Roger Nice review. The Dalai Lama is an amazing being!


message 4: by Karen (new) - added it

Karen I need to meet him..


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