Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic
Written with the full cooperation of the Dalai Lama, this fascinating, up-to-date biography at once captures the public persona and enduring mystery behind one of the worldâ€™s most important spiritual leaders.
In 1997, the Indian journalist Mayank Chhaya was authorized by the Dalai Lama to write about his life and times. The only authorized biographer who is not a Buddhist
As the spiritual leader of the once-obscure religion of Tibetan Buddhism, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has become revered by people in all parts of the world for his sincerity, openness, common-sense, teaching of non-violence, and spirituality. In "Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic" (2007) the Indian journalist Mayank Chhaya has written an informative if somewhat limited biography of this charismatic spiritual leader. At times, the focus of the book seems to be more on ...more
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This Author offers a portrayal of the Dala ...more
Getting to know about people and their struggle is always an eye-opening & enlightening exercise in many ways, especially when the path taken is non-violent.
Certainly a book recommended for people interested in this genre. Personally a satisfying experience too, reading another biography after a while.
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How, from being a small kid, Tenzing Gyatso, to becoming the world famous 14th Dalai Lama, his journey has been beautifully captured and penned by Mayank Chhaya. I must say he has done extensive research, spanning over 7 long years, to come with this detailed book. A must read for People who follow the Dalai Lama or who feel for Tibetan people in exile/ refugees... Being uprooted from your place, your people, when you ha ...more
Mayank Chhaya, not a Buddhist himself, has written an enaging history of Sino-Tibetan relations, modern Buddhism, and an exiled monk who has attempted to preserve Tibetan cultural identity from afar. This is the authorized biogr ...more
Gives a good glimpse of the the Dalai Lama's personality, role and importance to the Tibetan cause. But quite a few times the analyses feels shallow and lacking an opinion or insight.
It's an easy and fun read and doesn't drag at all since it frequently switches from one topic to another. Sort of a fun-to-read Dalai-Lama-101 ...more
An interesting description of Tibetan spirituality and politics.
He was found to be the 14th reincarnated Dalai Lama when he was 3 years old. The process included being shown two rosaries; he correctly chose the one that had previously belonged to him. He also remembered where his dentures were.
(I made it to page 90. Perhaps I will continue the adventure again, but I am done for now.)
Did not contain the inside information on reincarnation that I was seeking. Darn it. ...more
Fascinating. Great narration as well.