SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography

Interlink. Nov. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781623718770. $35. REL
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There is a wealth of literature on the Dalai Lama, his teachings, his life, and Tibet’s relations with China. However, this biography by Tethong, one of the Dalai Lama’s longtime aides, may offer a more intimate and personal perspective. Readers are taken through a brisk overview of this extraordinary life covering the Dalai Lama’s young ascendency to his position, the struggles and diplomatic roes that led to his life in exile, his work in spreading Tibetan culture and Buddhist teachings around the world, and his unwavering call for peace and compassion. Tethong offers personal anecdotes as a witness to many of these moments and provides a Tibetan context to allow readers to have a better understanding of the course of historical moments in the Dalai Lama’s life. The true gem of this work is the extensive number of previously unpublished archival photographs and primary documents.
VERDICT A general but authentic overview of the Dalai Lama’s life that will appeal to those new to the topic, as well as vested scholars, for the work’s valuable archival material.

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