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Tenzin Gyatso by Claude B. Levenson, Isbn: 9781556433832


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Buddhism: Tenzin Gyatso by Claude B. Levenson

In keeping with tradition, Tenzin Gyatso was removed from his family and taken to Lhasa, the capital and spiritual center of Tibet.

Title: Tenzin Gyatso
Author: Claude B. Levenson
Isbn: 9781556433832
Format: Paperback
Year: 2002
Category: Buddhism

This inspiring account of the Dalai Lamas youth chronicles the 14th Dalai Lamas life through the Chinese occupation of Tibet, his exile, and his ensuing flight over the Himalayas to India. Born to peasants in the southeast corner of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso was chosen to succeed the 13th Dalai Lama when he was only three years old, continuing the reincarnation of the line of Dalai Lamas that began in 1391.

In keeping with tradition, Tenzin Gyatso was removed from his family and taken to Lhasa, the capital and spiritual center of Tibet. Claude Levenson recounts the events of the first 24 years of this spiritual leaders life, concluding with the Dalai Lamas exile from Tibet. Inspiring photographs and many recollections of the Dalai Lama in his own words, we begin to understand how a lama from Tibet has become the worldwide spiritual leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

This amazing and often intense biography describes the Dalai Lama's rigorous education and his full rise to power at the age of fifteen following the Chinese invasion in 1950. Though Tibetan tradition holds that the Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of his predecessors, one still marvels at the level of responsibility, maturity, and wisdom he possessed at a very young age.

REVIEW:

Claude B. Levenson is, without a doubt, one of the people who best knows His Holiness, the head of Tibetan Buddhism. She sheds light on his political role while delving into his past and personality.

--"Historia Magazine"


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