My Land and My People: The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet
On the other hand...I'm not sure I can really fault the Dalai Lama for that. I mean...that is his life, right? Seeing as how I (obviously) si ...more
This is one heart-wrenching story. Although I grew up hearing almost every details mentioned in the book, like any other Tibetan kid born into exile, reading the book written by the very man made it a whole new story. It overwhelmed me, tore my heart and had me weep.
You come to realize that your life and all those self-acclaimed tragedies that you have so far made a list of, doesn't come as near to what His Holiness had to experience. If anything, you are just an undeviating product of what hap ...more
His Holiness is such an amazing human, a true inspiration. His softness and kindness is truly something spectacular and extraordinary in this world. Makes you wonder- what would the world be like if we'd all be like this.
My favourite book of all tim ...more
I must first say that this is not the exact version I read (I read an early version printed in 1962), but it's the version of this book I could find.
This book was possibly the most incredible, beautiful, and heart-breaking book I have ever read. We've all at least heard bits and pieces of the story of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, but I have never heard it told in such a heart-wrenching manner, and yet, there is no bitterness. The Dalai Lama tells the story of not just the invasion, but of his...more
The story of the Dali Lama’s early life was especially interes ...more
This is a truly incredible book for learning about the culture of Tibet and the struggles and domination the country has endured as a result of Chinese occupation, in addition to having an insight into the man who would become the Dalai Lama. I learned so much reading this book. His story is amazing, from a very young age (four and a half) he journeyed to Lhasa and was recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama, the Temporal and Spiritual leader of Tibet. Hi ...more
It traces the events surrounding his birth, youth, education, rule, overthrow and exile without an excess of religious dogma or political polemics. First ...more
I was very moved by his exile story, how reading it gave me more insight into my own parents' story during the American-Vietnam conflict, and how hard it must have be ...more
He writes of simple Tibetan life into which he was born and among whom he as the reincarnation of his predecessor , was discovered and declared dalai Lama according to his country ancient customs. In 1938 he was recognised as 14th dalai lama and then taken away from his family and brought up in Lhasa according to a monastic regime of ...more
In his own words, the Dalai Lama, however brings into light what the government did and try to do during those times- the best decision was inaction to save Tibetans from brutal torture and death. It was unsuccessful because the Chinese did it their ...more
The book transformed from an autobiography of the Dalai Lama to more of a history of China’s invasion, oppression, and eventual genocide of the Tibetan people.
Sad to think that the Tibetan people will at some point soo ...more
Seriously though, the Dalai Lama's autobiography covers up to the early 1960s and is worth reading. I was fascinated by the selection process that led to their realization that he was the reincarnation they were searching for. It was insightful to read about the invasion of Tibet by China, how the Tibetans formed a Resistance, how the UN failed t ...more
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Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family. He was proclaimed the ...more