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My Spiritual Journey

Personal Reflections, Teachings and Talks
The Dalai Lama & Sofia Stril-Rever. My Spiritual Journey: Personal Reflections, Teachings and Talks. HarperOne: HarperCollins. Oct. 2010. c.304p. tr. from French by Charlotte Mandell. bibliog. ISBN 978-0-06-196022-2. $25.99. REL
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Sign and symbol of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the focus of much political ire directed against the Chinese government and its policies in the country of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama is also a genial and popular religious figure; it is not exaggeration to say that he is loved by millions in both Asia and the West. Stril-Rever has created a "spiritual autobiography" from many first-person passages in his previously unpublished writings. The result was published in French in 2009 and now comes to us in translation. As it is, the work provides neither a consistent argument nor the anchors of a conventional memoir.
VERDICT Best read, perhaps, in conjunction with Freedom in Exile (the Dalai Lama's autobiography), this gathering of insights on a variety of topics should still please the Dalai Lama's English-speaking adherents.

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