Winner of the nobel Peace prize. An Anthology of Writings by and about the
This book offers a comprehensive view of the Dalai Lama, both his personal life and his thoughts on issues of global concern. An engaging picture emerges of a man whose goodwill, understanding a practicality have brought him respect from world leaders and the acclaim of millions around the world.
After the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
in 1989, Sidney Piburn put this book together in response to the clamor to know
more about him. Since then, the Dalai Lama's own bestselling books, along with
his world teaching tours, have only managed to increase his popularity, and The
Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness is still the best introduction to his life and
teachings. Two full-length interviews elicit the Dalai Lama's thoughts on
everything from his stature as an incarnate bodhisattva to how he manages the
tragedies of his people, his political ideals, and even his hobby of gardening.
Going further into his personal life, the "Day in the Life" article reveals the
simplicity, devoutness, and genuine ordinariness of his lifestyle. A Time
magazine piece by Pico Iyer provides a general background on his world since
childhood, and expanding on his beliefs are several articles on kindness,
religion, science, monasticism, and, the topic on which he is especially
eloquent, living sanely. Questions and answers round out several of the
articles, likely anticipating the reader's own questions and making this book a
must-read for anyone wanting a brief capsule of this extraordinary monk. --Brian
"This is a very important collection of vignettes by and about the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The breadth of his knowledge and vision, his commitment to peace and nonviolence, and his compassion come through very clearly. The writings are well chosen to reflect his beliefs but also to be accessible to those who know nothing of Buddhism or of Tibet. His Holiness is able to speak from heart to heart, calling forth depth in those whom he addresses. Most highly recommended." - From Library Journal:
"Brought me gently and pleasantly into the life and mind of this
extraordinary spiritual leader and assured the success of my interview with him."
- Bill Moyers, PBS