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The open road : the global journey of the fourteenth Dalai Lama

Author: Pico Iyer
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho / Dalai Lama XIV / 1935-; Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho <Dalai-Lama XIV,; Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai-Lama XIV; Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV; Bstan-vdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV.; Dalai Lama (XIV.); Bstan-?dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pico Iyer
ISBN: 9780307267603 0307267601
OCLC Number: 166367935
Description: viii, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: In public. The conundrum ; The fairy tale ; The icon --
In private. The philosopher ; The mystery ; The monk --
In practice. The globalist ; The politician ; The future.
Responsibility: Pico Iyer.
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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.

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