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Understanding the Dalai Lama
Understanding the Dalai Lama

Understanding the Dalai Lama

by Eminent Contributors

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0670058106 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 265

Binding

Hardcover

Eminent Contributors

Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): Rajiv Mehrotra
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 265
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670058106

Description

Ocean of Wisdom, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet is revered as a bodhisattva-a reincarnation of the Buddha-by six million followers around the world. He describes himself as a simple smiling monk. Between these extremes of divinity and being human, however, lies a personality fascinating in its own right: a theologian who can debate the intricacies of Buddhism, a philosopher whose thinking influences people around the world, a political and spiritual leader of the displaced Tibetan people, a best-selling author, a son and brother, and simply a friend to many. He is also universally recognized as the best hope for peace and amity in today’s troubled world.

In Understanding the Dalai Lama, Rajiv Mehrotra, personal student of His Holiness, brings together a range of contributors who offer insights into different facets of this remarkable individual. Pico Iyer draws a portrait of a disarming man with an infectious laugh, Robert Thurman gives us a glimpse of the Dali Lama’s spiritual development, and Matthieu Ricard describes a day in the life of His Holiness. The Dali Lama’s deep curiosity, keen insight and high level of scientific sophistication is revealed by Daniel Goleman, while Thupten Jinpa recounts the Dalai Lama’s passion for Tibet’s thousand-year-old intellectual tradition of logic and philosophical debates. The book also includes a syllable by syllable translation of the Dalai Lama’s full name by Jeffrey Hopkins, a poem by UR Ananthamurthy and an extended interview with His Holiness by Rajiv Mehrotra.

Each contribution in this collection represents a personal response to the charisma of a philosopher-king, who is not merely divine but also intensely human.

RAJIV MEHROTRA was educated at the universities of Delhi, Oxford and Columbia. For over three decades he has been a familiar face on public television, notably as the anchor of an in-depth, one-on-one talk show. He is presently secretary/trustee of the foundation for Universal responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and managing trustee of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust. He is Judge of the Templeton Prize for Spirituality, a trustee of the Norbulinka Institute of Tibetan Culture, and has served on the governing councils of the Sri Aurobindo Society and the Film and Television Institute of India. As an independent documentary film-maker, he has won several international and national awards. He was nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic forum at Davos.

Rajiv is the author of The Mind of the Guru: Conversations with Spiritual Masters (Penguin, 2003) and is currently working on a biography of the Dalai Lama.

Contents

PREFACE

INTRODUCITON
Rajiv Mehrotra

The Dalai Lama’s Roles and Teachings
ROBERT A F THURMAN

In Search of the Panchen Lama
ISABEL HILTON

Writing with his Holiness
ALEXANDER NORMAN

Making Kindness sand to Reason
PICO IYER

A Simple Monk
SULAK SIVARAKSA

A Very Human Human Being
MARY CRAIG

Compassion in Practice
MATHIEU RICARD

The Ocean of Wisdom
BROTHER WAYNE TEASDALE

A Buddha of Compassion
NICHOLAS RIBUSH

Universal Responsibility in the Dalai Lama’s World View
BHARATI PURI

Universal Responsibility and the Roots of Empathy and Compassion
DANIEL GOLEMAN

Universal Responsibility: A Christian Consideration
RAIMON PANIKKAR

Gentle Bridges and Golden Seeds: The Dalai Lama’s Dialogues with Science
SWATI CHOPRA

The Dalai Lama As A Political Strategist
SENTHIL RAM

A Monarch or a Socialist?
ELA GANDHI

The Dalai Lama and India
DALIP MEHTA

The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Monastic Academia
THUPTEN JINPA

An Unconventional Tibetan Perspective
BHUCHUNG TSERING

A Journey Through Bylakuppe
ANEES JUNG

In Praise of His Holiness
LAMA THUBTEN ZOPA RINPOCHE

Musings
JEFFREY HOPKINS

The Dalai Lama and History
U R Ananthamurthy

His Holiness in Conversation with Rajiv Mehrotra

NOTES AND REFERENCES

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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