For almost six centuries, the Dalai Lamas have stood as the principal spiritual leaders of Central Asia, and they have held secular power over Tibet for almost half that time. They have served as gurus to Mongolian khans and Chinese emperors alike, as well as to the masses of peoples inhabiting the numerous kingdoms of Central Asia.
Author Glenn Mullin vividly brings to life the sacred mythology associated
with the Dalai Lama. He captures the spiritual and political history of this
remarkable personage. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
in 1989, is now almost a household name around the world. However, the ancient
tradition of reincarnation to which he is heir is less well known. The First
Dalai Lama was born in a nomadic hut in 1391, and each subsequent Dalai Lama is
regarded as his reincarnation, choosing to take up the burdens of a human life
again and again in order to benefit the world.