ISBN 9780893469184,The Dalai Lamas Of Tibet

The Dalai Lamas Of Tibet



Shambhala Publications

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9780893469184

ISBN-10 0893469181


Number of Pages 285 Pages
Language (English)


Nestling amidst the great Himalayas, the tiny kingdom of Tibet evokes images of monasteries, meditating monks and Buddhism and, towering above them all, the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan diaspora is perhaps the only community in the world wherein the spiritual head also dons the mantle of political leadership. In the 15th century Gedun Drub became the first Dalai Lama and over the centuries the role of Dalai Lama has grown in stature - with the Great Fifth and the Great Thirteenth, in particular, proving to be an "ocean of wisdom". This book journeys through Tibet. It covers: the exile of the fourteenth Dalai Lama and his followers and their epic escape to seek refuge in India; the abrupt transportation of their lives from the medieval period to the 20th century; the continuing non-violent struggle of His Holiness for Tibetan rights and his homeland; and the worldwide respect and relevance accorded to the Dalai Lama's teachings. Of sizeable contemporary interest and interspersed with archival photographs, this book provides an empathetic look at the spiritual influence that continues to guide Tibetans today.