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The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama (2006)

by Thomas Laird

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Conversations with the Dalai Lama
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
As events unfold toward the 2008 Olympics in China, and protests of human rights violations follow the Olympic flame on its journey around the world, it is disconcerting to hear the Chinese government claim the Dalai Lama, the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, is inciting violence and dissent in Tibet. Nothing could be further from my limited experience of the man.

But I certainly do not know much about Tibetan history, and I wanted to know more. At least enough to justify my belief that the Dalai Lama is, if anything, part of the solution to the conflict with the Chinese, not part of the problem. This excellent book by Thomas Laird does just that. Laird spent over 60 hours interviewing the Dalai Lama and tries to faithfully recreate the Dalai Lama's understanding of Tibetan history along with providing a full account of his own research in this area. I found the book compelling reading, and especially appreciated the Dalai Lama's explanation of the Buddhist idea of reincarnation and what that means in Tibet. ( )
  co_coyote | Apr 20, 2008 |
This book took a very long time for me to read. I had a hard time retaining all the names and facts. Very happy to have read it, especially since Tibet currently is making head line news and I feel I have a much better understanding of what is happening there. ( )
  Ebba | Mar 15, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080214327X, Paperback)

Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews that covered history, science, reincarnation, and Buddhism. Laird brings these meetings to life in rich, vibrant, and monumental work that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. Tibet’s story is rich with tradition and filled with promise. It begins with the Bodhisattva Chenrizi (“The Holy One”) whose spirit many Tibetans believe resides within the Dalai Lama. We learn the origins of Buddhism, and about the era of Great Tibetan Emperors, whose reign stretched from southwestern China to Northern India. His Holiness introduces us to Tibet’s greatest yogis and meditation masters, and explains how the institution of the Dalai Lama was founded. Laird explores, with His Holiness, Tibet’s relations with the Mongols, the Golden Age under the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibet’s years under Manchu overlords, modern independence in the early twentieth century, and the Dalai Lama’s personal meetings with Mao just before His Holiness fled into exile in 1959. The Story of Tibet is “a tenderly crafted study that is equal parts love letter, traditional history, and oral history” (Publishers Weekly).

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"Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews in Dharamsala, India. They discussed His Holiness's lifelong study of Buddhism and his beliefs on history, science, and reincarnation. Through these conversations, Laird and the Dalai Lama laid the cornerstones of a popular history of Tibet, something that has not been done with a Dalai Lama since the 1600s." "This was an enormous project, and the result is The Story of Tibet, a vibrant historical narrative that brings these meetings to life. It reveals the presence, character, and ideas of the Dalai Lama, and it introduces the reader to fourteen hundred years of civilization, myth, and spirituality."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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