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The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

by Pico Iyer

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Excellent anecdotal recounting of the author's travels with the Dalai Lama. One gets a sense for what kind of man he is and the challenges he faces. As a leader he is expected to champion freedom, as a monk he advocates patience. This is a balanced and intimate portrait. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
A very nice account of the life and travails of the Dalai Lama and his fight for the rights and aspirations of the entire Tibetan diaspora.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
A very nice account of the life and travails of the Dalai Lama and his fight for the rights and aspirations of the entire Tibetan diaspora.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
Very interesting. Gave me more insight into the Dalai Lama and Tibet. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
The author, having been introduced to the Dalai Lama as a teeneger, is compelled to maintain the relationship and the book tells of their encounters for the next thirty years. He delved in to many aspects of Buddhism but does not aim to give us a blow by blow account of the philosophy behind them but instead reminds us of the humanity of the Dalai Lama. He splits the book into the different aspects of the mantle that the Tibetan leader must be able to wear; philosopher, monk, globalist, politician. But in each case we see how the Dalai Lama changes the tenor of his message while maintaining the same fundamentals; heal yourself, be compassionate, practise. Well worth a read. Stimulating. ( )
  shushokan | Jul 22, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307267601, Hardcover)

One of the most acclaimed and perceptive observers of globalism and Buddhism now gives us the first serious consideration—for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike—of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher.

Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father’s) for the last three decades—an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, in this insightful, impassioned book, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama’s position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being needlessly distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his everyday humanity.

Moving from Dharamsala, India—the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile—to Lhasa, Tibet, to venues in the West, where the Dalai Lama’s pragmatism, rigor, and scholarship are sometimes lost on an audience yearning for mystical visions, The Open Road illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.

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This book is the first serious consideration of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Author Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for three decades--an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his humanity. Iyer illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.--From publisher description.… (more)

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