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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st Printing edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061960225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061960222
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

One of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders reflects on his commitments as a human being, a Buddhist monk, and the fourteenth Dalai Lama. Stril-Rever, the Dalai Lama’s longtime translator, has collected his autobiographical musings, dharma talks, and public speeches, and provided informative commentary, to create a book of clarion essays shaped by the Dalai Lama’s wisdom, intellect, kindness, and humor, as well as his experiences of persecution, exile, and world travels. Readers both well versed in and new to the Dalai Lama’s teachings will make invaluable discoveries as the Dalai Lama emphasizes our common humanity, our interdependence, and the need for us to “cultivate a greater sense of universal responsibility.” The Dalai Lama calls for religious harmony and expresses his support for secular democracy and his hope for a peaceful resolution of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Most forcefully, and poetically, the Dalai Lama voices his growing concern over global environmental degradation. We must act together to protect nature, the source of our survival, the Dalai Lama writes, assuring us that if the Buddha returned, “He would be an ecologist!” --Donna Seaman

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“Readers both well versed in and new to the Dalai Lama’s teachings will make invaluable discoveries as the Dalai Lama emphasizes our common humanity, our interdependence, and the need for us to ‘cultivate a greater sense of universal responsibility.’” (Booklist)

“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)

More About the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
So many books by or with the Dalai Lama have been written in English that I was surprised to learn that the Dalai Lama has also published original books in other languages. Thus Dalai Lama's new book, "My Spiritual Journey" (2010) initially appeared in French in 2009. The book consists of excerpts from speeches, interviews, and other books of the Dalai Lama over the years. While the words are the Dalai Lama's, the selections of the texts and the format are by Sofia Stril-Rever, his long-time interpreter and a scholar of Sanskrit and translator. As Stril-Rever relates in her Foreword to the book, her original plan was to prepare a series of the Dalai Lama's important texts that had not already been translated into French. She wanted to use texts that captured the Dalai Lama's approach to spirituality and to humanity.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Moore on November 19, 2010
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Like many biographies of the Dalai Lama this one is really just excerpts from other talks or materials. Well organized and interesting but probably not the most detailed or thorough of available biographies. If you haven't read other biographies on Dalai Lama you will enjoy it. It is put together in small chapters you can read a bit at a time when you have a few minutes. If you have already read two or three of the more detailed biographies you will probably find this is not the one to give you most detailed factual account but some of the chapters include poems that are interesting.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan on November 4, 2010
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This book is a collection of excerpts from speeches, lectures, recorded interviews, and written material by the Dalai Lama. Some of these excerpts are recent; some are decades old. They are interspersed by interpretive comments by the woman who compiled the book. None of the information is new-- it's all out there already, and people who are familiar with his Holiness' life and writings will not find much that is not already known.

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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.Lane on January 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am in college and received this book A's a gift. I hadn't had the opportunity to check it out so when I received it I didn't have a clue as to what it was about. The judgment I ignorantly placed on the book from reading the tittle and nothing more was far from accurate. When I started reading the book I admit it was a little slow going, I was expecting more of a biography. I have read many books from and about His Holiness and this is different from any of them. The more I read the more I enjoyed it. By the time I finished I had learned a great deal and had more insight into his life. I guess I learned a valuable lesson: never judge a book by it's cover. If you are interested in him read this book, if you are looking for entertainment I suggest you pass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HC on November 11, 2010
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I picked up this book and after reading just a few short paragraphs I was entranced. The simplicity and wisdom of his words never ceases to amaze me. Understanding the history of his journey to becoming and fulfilling the role of the Dalai Lama was new for me to read from his perspective for a change and not the outside perspective that history has written. The intimate details of his family life growing up and his day to day life as a leader was such a pleasure and an inspiration to read.

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:
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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!
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