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My Spiritual Journey Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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“This gathering of insights on a variety of topics should ...please the Dalai Lama’s English-speaking adherents.” (Library Journal)
“An important record of the mind and heart of one of the great figures of our times.” (New Age Retailer)
“In his moving new memoir, My Spiritual Journey,… the Dalai Lama’s immense hope and good humor shine throughout.” (Organic Spa Magazine)
“An intriguing portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader.” (Los Angeles Times)
“’Spirituality’” may be the most nebulous word in the English language, but My Spiritual Journey provides a definition that both devotee and atheist might approve: ‘the full blossoming of human values that is essential for the good of all.’” (The Washington Post)
“When a spiritual leader banned from a small Asian nation galvanizes a worldwide following, attention must be paid. Reading My Spiritual Journey is an alternately inspiring, fascinating, frustrating, and hopeful way to do just that.” (AARP The Magazine)
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As Stril-Rever's work progressed, she realized her excerpts had a progression that illustrated the Dalai Lama's life and preoccupations over time. Thus she changed the planned title of her collection, "Appeal to the World" to "My Spiritual Autobiography". Stril-Rever also wrote extensive commentary and transitional material to accompany the texts. The Dalai Lama approved the book and Stril-Rever's approach.
When the book was translated into English by Charlotte Mandell, the American publisher changed the title to "My Spiritual Journey". The book is not an "autobiography" in the strict sense because of its episodic character and because of Stril-Rever's large role in choosing and commenting upon the texts. The book still seems to me broader and more thematically-oriented to be either a personal spiritual journey or an autobiography. Stril-Rever's initial thought which characterized the book as an "Appeal to the World" best summarizes the content.Read more ›
That being said, the book is still generous and insightful. It does not tell much about the private man or his inner life, but it is some fine time in the company of the public man.
Susan Lynn Peterson,
author of Clare: A Novel
For the first dozen pages or so, the essence of his spirit shined through so powerfully, nearly every page brought me to tears. I literally felt like the words I was reading was like a milk bath soothing my soul!
The book was originally published in France, in French, if I am not mistaken, and whomever it was that translated and edited this book did a most impressive job. The structure of the sentences in this book are true to the simplicity and ease with which I have heard him speak. Simply profound.
Although he was recalling the memories and details about his life, he was still teaching in the process of sharing his memoirs. He speaks about his passions, his thoughts about the next Dalai Lama, his thoughts about Tibet, the massacre of the Tibetan people, his exile and many other topics that some of us that know the history about would be curious to know his thoughts about.
He shares a prayer on page 15:
Even when I meet a stranger
Each time I have the same feeling:
"He is another member of my human family."
Such an attitude deepens
My affection and respect for all beings.
May this natural loving-kindness
Become my small contribution to world peace!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Dalai Lama book is so much more in depth than any other book I have read about or by him. Very interesting.Published 4 days ago by kathy
An examination of the essential values all human beings need to possess. We are not isolates. We are interdependent. Read morePublished 19 days ago by CMenges
Great insights into the life of one of the world's greatest humanitariansPublished 2 months ago by Robert
So inspirational He has been through so much hardship yet always looks at the positive and a good thing to come out of a bad thing. Can't get enough of his teachings!Published 4 months ago by Maun Flanagan
Very slow reading, but well worth it. Gives insight into one of the elder statesmen of our current world.Published 5 months ago by K. Moffat
Great book and story. He is an amazing individual. You will learn some history about the Tibetan people and culture. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark A. Champlin