Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama

Freedom in Exile The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama In this astonishingly frank autobiography the Dalai Lama reveals the remarkable inner strength that allowed him to master both the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the brutal realities of Chinese Co

  • Title: Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
  • Author: Dalai Lama XIV
  • ISBN: 9780060987015
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this astonishingly frank autobiography, the Dalai Lama reveals the remarkable inner strength that allowed him to master both the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the brutal realities of Chinese Communism.

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    1. Dalai Lama XIV

      Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso born Lhamo D ndrub , the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world s most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family He was proclaimed the tulku an Enlightened lama who has consciously decided to take rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two.On 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, he was enthroned as Tibet s ruler Thus he became Tibet s most important political ruler just one month after the People s Republic of China s invasion of Tibet on 7 October 1950 In 1954, he went to Beijing to attempt peace talks with Mao Zedong and other leaders of the PRC These talks ultimately failed.After a failed uprising and the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, the Dalai Lama left for India, where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration the Tibetan Government in Exile and in seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied him.Tenzin Gyatso is a charismatic figure and noted public speaker This Dalai Lama is the first to travel to the West There, he has helped to spread Buddhism and to promote the concepts of universal responsibility, secular ethics, and religious harmony.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal on 17 October 2007.

    308 thoughts on “Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama”

    1. The Dalai Lama wrote this in English because he said he wanted to be sure of his intended meaning and not leave anything open to misunderstanding due to translation Consequently the prose often lacks that fluidity of form which makes for relaxing reading That is probably a good thing because it forces the reader to slow down and absorb each sentence He is indeed a remarkable man and his life as of 1990 when he wrote this is almost incomprehensible to a Western mind I found his humility and humor [...]

    2. i read this book while living in oregon while there i was working for a tour company that designed trips to india, nepal and tibet i decided that a tour should be created that followed the steps of the 14th dalai lama s exile and journey out of tibet to india because i was so moved by this story the story of the tibetan people is sad and inspiring they have been forcefully removed from their spiritual homeland, a land they are very much connected to now being slowly colonized by the chinese, the [...]

    3. The Dalai Lama does a wonderful job taking us from his childhood up through his exile and the current mid 90s situation that Tibet is in It is truly remarkable that a man that has seen and had to deal with so many horrific things that the People s Liberation Army did to the Tibetan people can be so loving and forgiving I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about the history of the Tibetan people and how Mao s communism, while it seemed like a good idea at the time, ultimately forced t [...]

    4. This book became my companion during my travels in the Himalayas What can I say, it was the book that suited the journey.This book turned out to be nothing like what I expected it to be The Dalai Lama shows that he is a human but with missions that were thrust on him at quite a young age It chronicles the mischief, trials, the grandeur and the spirituality that comes along with being chosen as the Dalai Lama.His Holiness creates a very world that I could relate to and the backdrop of Himalayas g [...]

    5. A very good read Provided me the background of the happenings of Tibet, past and present Recommend to read to get an idea of what Tibet is like and what s going on Dalai Lama is a straight forward writer, with not a lot of details, easy to understand and read Can fully feel his feelings for Tibet and his people through the way he wrote.

    6. The 14th Dalai Lama is disarmingly down to earth Raised as a incarnate lama and as a monk since 6 years of age, he has a fresh, almost naive, comportment to dramatic events which have shaped his life You d think the Dalai Lama grew up in riches and was pampered He did have servants, attendants and sweepers But he complains of the dark and coldness of the Potala Palace, and tells that mice roaming the floors above would pee on him He was impressed by Mao when he spent months in China in the mid 5 [...]

    7. I just finished reading this book Through the entire story, I was fascinated and astonished to see how forgiving a human could be This is an honest story of His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet Every time I think of Tibet, I see the Himalayas, peaceful prayer flags and serene landscapes While reading the book, I could imagine how China turned this beautiful land into a river of blood The atrocities suffered by Tibetans made me furious To leave the motherland and live in exile [...]

    8. In this book the Dalai Lama is able to share the story of Tibet s situation with China with wit, humor, and pure honesty It helped me understand the issue much clearly, and it was a perfect supplement to visiting Tibetan villages in India I was fascinated by the open mindedness with which the Dalai Lama experienced everything He does a terrific job of showing how Tibetan Buddhist culture can, in fact, fit into the modern world I would recommend this to anybody that wants to understand the histo [...]

    9. The night my father in law very suddenly passed away almost a month ago now , I just couldn t get into the book I had been reading at the time It just seemed too shallow that night So I picked this up instead It wasn t exactly a comfort given the sad recent history of the Tibetan people, but it was a heartwarming look into someone who truly wants to end human suffering.

    10. One of the most distressing and heart rendering books I ve ever read Anybody who ever casually claims to support a free Tibet needs to read this book and anybody who knows nothing about the place should read it too The Chinese have a lot to answer for.

    11. Seriously a man of many hats This spiritual and political leader shows himself to have a great writer s eye The books is a fantastic blend of his own personal history and recollections and the Tibetan history he s lived through And his philosophy is also introduced in very clear and easy to understand language It was very informative and also highly entertaining, including anectdotes of meetings with great personalities, Mahatma Ghandi, Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, plus Popes, Presidents, Gener [...]

    12. This is, in a nutshell, a beautiful, honest and extremely sad story of a wonderful man.Most of us already know the sorry tale of Tibet and the Chinese occupation of it through popular media The Dalai Lama s life starts in free Tibet and ends as a political exile in India, and in many ways, you know how the story will go.What was remarkable, however, were two things One, the honesty and openness of this man, despite the obvious pain he s been through in his life, is refreshing and consistently ev [...]

    13. The Dalai Lama presents a convincing and earnest narrative of his life and the story of Tibet He shines through the pages clearly as a compassionate, intelligent person, but above all he comes off as very real In particular, I found his personal insights into human nature to be unsettling in their honesty, but refreshing He tries to portray the Chinese in a fair enough way, giving admiration when deserved but never shying away from proclaiming the truth of their failings This is a task I doubt t [...]

    14. Amazing read I found the life of the Dalai Lama so fascinating and I definitely learned so many things from this autobiography I never knew the suffering in Tibet was so great and the weight of responsibility he had was incredible, but he pulled through Inspiring A must read.

    15. It s a heart rending book towards the end, but very interesting to read how a teenager ruled Tibet and went on to come one of the greatest peace activists in history.

    16. Freedom in Exile is a book that I knew I was going to read at some point I ve always had a soft spot for refugees, as I can think of nothing worse than being forced to leave your home, your life, your everything, because of war, ideological clashes, poverty or climate change or a combination of all the above I really don t understand the crazy xenophobic views that some people hold towards them how can you not feel sorry for them and want to help With this compassion in mind and a growing intere [...]

    17. Some very inspirational thoughts, especially with what was happening to his people I would like to read of his works.

    18. This book was incredibly inspiring I got to know a lot of things about the Dalai Lama that I didn t know about before For example, I learned that he is afraid of caterpillars and horses

    19. Every time I think of Tibet, I see the Himalayas, peaceful prayer flags and serene landscapes, ardent with snow covered mountains and beautiful monasteries Prior to reading this book, I didn t have that much of an idea about the living conditions prevailing in Tibet I always took Tibet to be a peaceful country But after reading this, I felt a huge sorry and pity for the people of the Tibet that had to face so many atrocities at the hand of communist China, a country that annexed Tibet just for i [...]

    20. At some points I found this book to drag just a little bit, but it was still incredibly interesting At first I thought that this book would be mostly consumed with messages about freeing Tibet and full of propaganda accordingly, but that definitely wasn t the case There were a lot of moments that the Dalai Lama talks about Tibet how can he not, it s inevitable , but he also mentions his fascinating childhood and upbringing as the Dalai Lama I found it fascinating that he was actually an incredib [...]

    21. A comprehensible and meaningful autobiography Though there was a ghostwriter, the ghostwriter was interviewed in another book, Understanding the Dalai Lama, and he discusses not only the length of time spent in interviews but also in revisions to the book There is not a single sentence the Dalai Lama did not have a hand in The Dalai Lama s compassionate nature is obvious He tries to forgive or find the good in everyone, even during the period between the Chinese invasion in 1950 and his flight i [...]

    22. This is a must read His holiness the Dalai Lama is living example of love and forgiveness After reading the atrocities against the Tibetan people in their own country I truly amazing to me how his holiness still is able to keep a loving compassionate view This also gives an insight into how his holiness is a normal human being just like all of us with his own faults and how he has grown with his spiritual practice It made me believe that the peace and spirituality is accessible even for a lay p [...]

    23. This book deserves a rating of 5 5.The book Freedom in Exile is an account of the life of his holiness The Dalai Lama It was published in 1990 It is a very touching book, especially for me as a Buddhist, because it tells us about the suffering and paints that his holiness and the people of Tibet had to go through during the Chinese invasion At certain stages, it is also very amusing, reading about his holiness s childhood and about how he spent it playing pranks and also about his other activiti [...]

    24. HHDL s writes in a strong, yet gentle voice and the pages just fly by The history of the office of Dalai Lama is fascinating and Tenzin Gyatso s reign as 14th Dalai Lama is equally as fascinating He is a true embodiment of what he teaches, the book recounts the hardships of his life, of the fall of Tibet, his time in exile, everything And every page recounts it void of malice or anger Seriously one of my favourite books.

    25. This open and very human autobiography by the Dalai Lama is very easy to read Of particular interest to me are the sections describing the settlement of Tibetan refugees in Bylakuppe in the early 1960s My mother was involved in helping the new refugees to adapt to living on an arid piece of then scrubland, such a huge leap from the clear air and grassy highlands of their mountain homes.

    26. This book really opened my eyes to a lot of things I didn t know happened I was shocked at the brutality endured by the Tibetan people The pain and trauma of the Tibetans has left a mark on my conscience The Dalai Lama s non violent opposition of the Chinese is admirable and to be an example for us all.

    27. Memoirs full of compassion and determination this is about the Dali Lama s life as ruler and exile Still managing to keep hatred from his heart in the face of the total destruction of his culture, the Dali Lama is truly someone to emanate.

    28. The Dalai Lama is one of my favorite teachers His life s story is so amazing It s a must read if your studying or practicing the art of meditation I just loved it, and will read it again and again.

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