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My Spiritual Journey

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,217 ratings  ·  174 reviews
The world knows the public face of the fourteenth Dalai Lama.

We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his Nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama c
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by HarperOne (first published 2009)
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Kara Babcock
He’s just this guy, you know?

My Spiritual Journey is a collection of the Dalai Lama’s writings, speeches, and thoughts as they pertain to his life as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama. This is not a traditional autobiography or memoir. Instead, some of the chapters (passages? sections?) are quite short—even less than a page—but no less meaningful or inspiring. Rather than looking for some kind of chronological theme, it helps to view this book in those three stages outline
Ann L.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who has never read a Dalai Lama book
I was a bit disappointed in this particular Dalai Lama book because it was repetitive of what I had already read in other books by the Dalai Lama. It was as if Sofia Stril-Rever (responsible for putting this together) took bits and pieces of other books already written and made another book of the same material. The last 35-40% of the book was all the Dalai Lamas speeches about letting Tibet being free again, so it was very repetitive on those chapters as well. I was reading the same sentences o ...more
robin friedman
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Dalai Lama's Appeal To The World

So many books by or with the Dalai Lama have been written in English that I was surprised to learn that the Dalai Lama has also published original books in other languages. Thus Dalai Lama's new book, "My Spiritual Journey" (2010) initially appeared in French in 2009. The book consists of excerpts from speeches, interviews, and other books of the Dalai Lama over the years. While the words are the Dalai Lama's, the selections of the texts and the format are by
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I am trying to be objective in this review, as this book was a disappointment for me, but that is because I've read a whole lot about and by the Dalai Lama, and have studied Buddhism for nearly 20 years. A lot of this is cut from previous letters/speeches/books with some explanations thrown in. Originally translated from French, I did notice some minor content differences. If you haven't read a lot of his works, this would be a great book for you. If you've read a lot of his works, skip it, unle ...more
Yousif Al Zeera
The book depicts well the spiritual, political and social journey of the 14th Dalai Lama and the three causes he carries presently. However, lots of repetition in my opinion of the ideals and values that the Dalai Lama throughout the book. Would have given the book 3 stars if there wasn't that much repetition.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This interesting autobiography (plus commentary from the translator) was quite interesting. It told the Dalai Lama's life/views in three different areas-as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama. There was a great deal about Tibet's struggles with China and his advocacy of non-violence. He's an inspiring person, with a lot of warmth and humor as well as serious principles.
David Hallman
Yes, I am giving the Dalai Lama two stars. Not that there isn't valuable material here, there always is when it comes to the DL. But to market this as a spiritual autobiography is a bit unfair to the reader. This is primarily a political track emphasizing the Tibetan government in exile's current position in relation to China. As far as spiritual writing goes, there is a fair bit of that as well. But what this book doesn't do enough of is tell the story of the Dalai Lama's early spiritual develo ...more
I would give this book a 5 out of 5. The book really made me think about my life and the people I interact with each and everyday. One of the points that this book spends a large amount of time on is being altruistic a word meaning selflessness. After learning this word and how it can really help in my life and others, I have noticed myself being more selfless to make people more happy which in turn made me a happier person. Other topics that are discussed is compassion and love toward one anoth ...more
Jason Smith
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was written by a third party who interviewed the Dalai Lama. While the intent and spirit of the Dalai Lama was inherent in the book, it read like a pseudo-history of Tibet and a partial biography of the Dalai Lama. The explanatory notes jumped around as well, as a speech from the 1960s was referenced and then explained in the context of the 1990s; the next chapter then is back several decades.
Natalie E.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book. I enjoyed that it included the history of not only the Dalia Lama but also the occupation of Tibet (while I knew this at a very high level this gave me a much better understanding)
A wonderful book to be enjoyed by all!
Sarai Martinez
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Brings attention to the suffering and pain brought by the Chinese government in Tibet, without forgetting to remind us the importance of showing compassion to all sentient beings.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Khaliunaa Munkhuu
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Repetitive but heartbreaking
Sosanna Olson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War does not end war

This is a sad, hopeful book. I was unaware of the struggles of the Tibetan people. This book outlines several speeches by the Dali Lama and at points brought me to tears. Compassion I believe is one of the greatest human qualities, hope being second. This book brings sadness into hope and shows the need for love to the solution. War does not end war.
Vicki Armiger Goodman
The heartbreaking truth of a nonviolent nation being repressed and slowly annihilated by The People's Republic of China

After reading the Dalai Lama's account of the atrocities taking place in Tibet and his effort to save his people, with such incredible hope for justice, I feel moved to make a positive difference in the world. No matter how small. The suffering the Tibetan people have, for 50 years, endured and as their leader, the Dalai Lama has to helplessly watch. Yet, he never gives up hope
Joel Schaefer
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book give insight into one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time. I was impressed with the humanity that the Dalai Lama exhibits, inspite of the great challenges of the Tibetan people under the treatment of the Chinese. He provides an incredible basis for resilience in action and how to live in the present. This is the basis of true leadership. This book is inspiration how we can all strive to develop our own spirituality and move to improve our community through relieving suf ...more
Rick Quiambao
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit indifferent after reading. Had expectations and all. It’s still a good book though. Reminds me of my Philosphy class. And I enjoyed that class. Even have 4.0.
Dane Grover
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Dalai Lama, Spiritual Master of Tibet, has written many books. This is the first I have read, and I would call it Lama/Tibet lite. It is entertaining, educational, in some parts humorous, and always a page turner. For someones first exposure to the Dalai Lama, we learn some of his history, a brief account of the tragic Chinese overthrow of Tibet, an his insights into living and the modern world. No lecturing, anger, finger pointing, etc. but a lot of talk of his efforts to resolve the Tibet ...more
Makaela Davis
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This unique book written by the Dalai Lama himself was a fantastic read. Full of adventure, and hardships that were endured throughout the life of his holiness. the Dalai Lama has written other books, but this one was the first time that he had written about his personal life and all of his experiences from the man who has seen it all. This book does not only contain stories and information about his time as the Dalai Lama, but the training it took to get to where he is and how well established
Nov 05, 2010 rated it liked it
As always, lot of good thoughts and quotes. The Dalai Lama is always an interesting and inspirational read. I learned a lot about the atrocities in Tibet and I find it hard to believe that so little has been done. I like that the Dalai Lama focuses so much on compassion. It's definitely one of things this world could use tons more of. My biggest gripe with this book was that it seemed kind of repetitive. Like each section was approved individually with out consideration to whether most of the in ...more
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
LOVING this book - if you are in tune with your own spiritual journey, I think you will love it too. I am fascinated to learn about how the Dalai Lama found out he was the incarnation of the 13th dalai lama and about his childhood. But it's interspersed with anecdotes about current political situations affecting Tibet and essentially, the whole world. China is really something else. . .I will pray for them. I recommend this book for all spiritually minded individuals.
サラ サラ
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I think it is okay kind of book for the beginners who just want to get some basic understanding of Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan political situation . But as an advance reader on the topic it was not an impressive work for me since I picked the book to understand the spiritual aspect of Dalai Lama XIV's life but I felt it was highly political instead of spiritual.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with wisdom, history and great sorrow. I am a much better person for reading this book and understanding the plight of the Tibetan people and hope.
Antoine Levie
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really really liked this book, which presents the Dalai Lama’s life and work.

The book starts with his commitment to compassion, real compassion, which I really really enjoyed. Our world really needs a lot more love and less science/economics talk!. It’s opposed to materialism (and materialism could be a cause of mental ilness), as “No material object, no matter how beautiful or precious is is, can gives us the feeling of being loved, because our deeper identity, our true character, is rooted i
Erwin Thomas
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Dalai Lama’s My Spiritual Journey presents this Buddhist’s life with extraordinary love, compassion and foresight. It’s amazing to understand how at age two as a child he was discovered through established traditional norms to be the spiritual leader of Tibet. Raised in a monastery under a regent the 14th Dalai Lama assumed his responsibility at the age of sixteen when the Chinese first invaded his ancestral home.
After failed negotiations with the People’s Republic of China the Dalai Lama es
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first reading of any books by/concerning the 14th Dalai Lama. I have read comments that many of these snippets of speeches have been published in other books as well, but as this was my first I did not experience that issue.

I enjoyed reading this "spiritual biography." It is set up in three parts really - him as a "human being" focused on his childhood and family, him as a "simple Buddhist monk" focused on his beginnings in his religion, and him as the Dalai Lama focused on his exile
Richard Propes
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
There's nothing particularly wrong with "My Spiritual Journey." For those who immerse themselves in everything related to the Dalai Lama and/or Buddhism, this is a book that obviously fits nicely within that framework and should have more than enough substance to be considered a meaningful read.

As a book, however, I found it to be a more middle-of-the-road experience. It is caught somewhere between memoir, spiritual guide, and historical autobiography. The Dalai Lama's own words are often count
Dalai Lama from boyhood, a monk, to a spiritual world leader.

A respectable character who’s hugely misunderstood by the majority of the chinese. Talking about the extinction of local traditions, culture, language, race, nature resources, religions.. and the suppression of free speech, peaceful protests of all kinds, manipulations of thoughts.. etc, etc. as a Hong Konger I have strong empathy towards the Tibetans under the barbaric CCP’s rulership. However, one couldn’t expect a totalitarian gove
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I consider the Dalai Lama to be one of my role models along with Jimmy Carter, Fred Rogers, and Bob Ross. The man exudes peace. This book takes the reader through the life of the Dalai Lama up through the end of 2008. It talks a lot about his meditations and reflections including meditating on the impermanence of all things. He talks about the struggle of his people as their leadership is in exile and how he turned his former theocracy into a democracy. If you are interested in China, India, Tib ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I debated between a 3 and a 4 star rating, I don't love history books and endless dates get lost to me, however, I went with a 4 because this ended on a high note for me. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, and realize it touches on more of my personal beliefs than I would have originally guessed (I see myself reading more books specifically on Buddhism in the future). To me it felt like a nice mixture of an interview, history lesson, biography, and intimate conversation among frien ...more
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