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My spiritual journey : personal reflections, teachings, and talks

Author: Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Sofia Stril-Rever
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, ©2010.
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"Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in a remote part of Tibet. Although living in exile, he is the beloved traditional and religious leader of millions of Tibetans and has become a global icon of peace, compassion, spiritual living, and nonviolent struggle for justice. The Dalai Lama's My Spiritual Journey brings the world a message: one of suffering, success, and hope.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV; Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Sofia Stril-Rever
ISBN: 9780061960222 0061960225 9780062018090 0062018094
OCLC Number: 535495482
Notes: French ed. published: Paris : Presses de la Rennaisance, 2009.
Description: xvii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. One As a Human Being --
1. Our Common Humanity --
I Am No One Special --
I am just a human being --
In our blood, a vital need for affection --
My mother, a compassionate woman --
It's time to think in human terms --
Every person we meet is our brother or sister --
Loving-kindness, the condition of our survival --
I pray for a more loving human family --
We are all alike --
Until My Last Breath, I Will Practice Compassion --
What do we mean by "compassion"? --
True compassion is universal --
The power of compassion --
I am a professional laugher --
I am a devoted servant of compassion --
Compassion, path of my happiness --
I love the smile, unique to humans --
2. My Lives Without Beginning or End --
I Rejoice at Being the Son of Simple Farmers --
My everyday life --
I was born on the fifth day of the fifth month --
I can see into the humblest souls --
My parents never thought I might be the Fourteenth Dalai Lama --
I recognize my rosary --
I successfully pass the tests of remembering my previous life --
My Childhood in Lhasa --
I climb up into the Lion Throne --
I find my teeth --
Childhood memories --
I indulge in illegal treats --
I almost looked like Moshe Dayan! --
My Reincarnation Lineage --
I am summoned to become the Dalai Lama to serve others --
The Tibetans will decide if they want a Fifteenth Dalai Lama --
My Dalailamaship --
Why shouldn't a very beautiful woman be my next incarnation? --
We are without beginning or end --
I could reincarnate in the form of an insect --
pt. Two As a Buddhist Monk --
3. Transforming Oneself --
My Ideal: The Bodhisattva --
My identity as a monk --
My monk's vows --
The daily meditations of a Buddhist monk --
Living as a bodhisattva --
Spiritual practice in order to become better human beings --
Temples of Kindness in Our Hearts --
Toward brotherly exchanges between religions --
Politicians need religion more than hermits --
My pilgrimages, from Lourdes to Jerusalem --
A life of contemplation on love --
Temples inside --
Transforming Our Minds --
Analysis of the mind as a preliminary to spiritual practice --
Impermanence and interdependence, or seeing the world as it is --
Transforming our mind on the Buddha's path --
Actualizing our potential --
Training our emotional life --
4. Transforming the World --
I Call for a Spiritual Revolution --
We can do without religion, but not without spirituality --
Spiritual revolution and ethical revolution --
The sickness of duality --
The disregard of interdependence by Westerners --
I Do Not Believe in Idelogies --
Humanity is one --
Interdependence is a law of nature --
A sense of responsibility is born from compassion. War is an anachronism --
Everyone must assume a share of universal responsibility --
My Dialogue with the Sciences --
Why is a Buddhist monk interested in science? --
Humanity is at a crossroads --
Ethics in the sciences to save life --
The tragedy of September 11, 2001, taught me that we must not separate ethics from progress --
5. Taking Care of the Earth --
Our Ecological Responsibility --
As a child, I learned form my teachers to take care of the environment --
The Tibet of my childhood, paradise of wildlife --
In Tibet the mountains have become bold as monks' heads --
Reflections of a Buddhist monk on our ecological responsibility --
Our Planet is One World --
The Buddha in the Green Party! --
Human rights and the environment --
Mind, heart, and environment --
Taking care of the Earth --
Interdependence as seen from space --
pt. Three As the Dalai Lama --
6. In 1959 the Dalai Lama Meets the World --
I Was the Only One Who Could Win Unanimous Support --
At sixteen, I become the temporal leader of Tibet --
We wrongly believed that isolation would guarantee us peace --
I endorse the Kashag's appeal to the United Nations --
The motherland, a shameless lie --
Mao's personality impressed me --
March 10, 1959, a day of insurrection in Lhasa --
My Children, You Are the Future of Tibet --
Forced exile --
My Priority is stopping the bloodshed --
Children of hope --
I am a proponent of secular democracy --
Liberty, equality, and fratenity are also Buddhist principles --
I love the image of swords transformed into plowshares --
Human beings prefer the way of peace --
What would Gandhi have done in my place? --
7.I Appeal to All the Peoples of the World --
I Denounce the Sinicization of Tibet --
I ask the world not to forget that thousands of Tibetans were massacred --
In the name of humanity, I appeal to all the peoples of the world --
The Han-ification campaign in Tibet --
Five hundred Tibetans perished while fleeing their occupied country --
Tibet, Sanctuary of Peace for the World --
My people's contribution to world peace --
I propose that Tibet become a sanctuary of ahimsa for the world --
In the name of the spiritual heritage of my people --
My weapons are truth, courage, and determination --
Tibet is still suffering from flagrant, unimaginable human rights violations --
In China, I see that change is on the way --
To all my spiritual brothers and sisters in China --
Conclusion: I Place My Hope in the Human Heart --
We Can Only Live in Hope.
Other Titles: Mon autobiographie spirituelle.
Responsibility: the Dalai Lama ; collected by Sofia Stril-Rever ; translated by Charlotte Mandell.

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"Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in a remote part of Tibet. Although living in exile, he is the beloved traditional and religious leader of millions of Tibetans and has become a global icon of peace, compassion, spiritual living, and nonviolent struggle for justice. The Dalai Lama's My Spiritual Journey brings the world a message: one of suffering, success, and hope. This vivid and moving portrait of the Dalai Lama's life journey is personal in tone but universal in scope. Using previously unpublished materials, augmented by interviews, the Dalai Lama, with his trusted collaborator's help, presents a spiritual narrative of his life. Memories, stories, anecdotes, and ideas are gathered together to make an accessible and comprehensive whole. The book is organized into three parts. In the first part, he uses his childhood memories to show his human dimension and stresses the importance of relating to each other on the basis of common humanity rather than on differences in belief. In the second part, he considers himself as a Buddhist monk. He explains the source of his bodhisattva ideal and invites us to transform the world by transforming our own mind. His third aspect, that of a Dalai Lama, provides an opportunity to explain his wish to establish Tibet as a sanctuary of peace for the world, where humanity and nature can live in harmonious balance"--

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