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The Search for the Panchen Lama Paperback – November 19, 2012
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Lively and vastly entertaining.... Hilton has seenand participated inone of the final moments of a lost Tibet. -- Boston Sunday Globe
Riveting ....captures the panoramic scope of a remarkable story.... The ending is heartbreaking. -- Los Angeles Times
[A]n outstanding book, well-researched, lively, scholarly, humorous, sympathetic, and eminently readable. -- The Tablet, 18 September 1999
Top Customer Reviews
The search to find the current Panchen Lama, the reincarnation of the previous Panchen Lama who died in 1989, is not covered in detail until you are two-thirds through the book. In the meantime, Hilton interrupts descriptions of her travels through Tibet, China, and India (which serve as an enjoyable travelogue in themselves) with extensive forays into the history of the numerous Dalai and Panchen Lamas, as well as Tibetan Buddhism itself and the Chinese invasion and continuing suppression of the religion. The late Panchen Lama is covered in great detail, and his lifetime of persecution by the Chinese government occupies much of the book.
Hilton delivers many keen revelations about the current situation. She debunks the view of our American celebrity Buddhists that Tibet is a shangri-la in which everyone deeply meditates in pure devotion, and a serene life of deep thought is enjoyed by all. We learn instead that they have their factionalism and infighting like everyone else. We also learn that the Dalai Lama does not have the universal devotion of all Tibetan Buddhists (there are some dissidents), and that he may be losing his spiritual grip on his people, from his continuing exile in India.Read more ›
Hilton offers a compelling biography of the Tenth Panchen Lama, who remained in Tibet after the Chinese occupation. He naively presented his frank review of the Chinese policies on Tibet to the Chinese government, but was imprisoned and not released until after Mao's death. He continued to fight for Tibet's rights and mysteriously died in 1989.
Both the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama looked for his reincarnation, but identified different children. The Dalai Lama's choice was immediately taken into Chinese custody, and is often called the youngest political prisoner in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a true life account of the search for the panchen lama that reads like a novel. It is full of twists and intrigue and is immensely easy to read. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Spider Monkey
Wow! - non fiction paced like a mystery novel. I could not put the book down. Yes, it helps to have an interest in Tibet/China however this is a masterfully written book and if... Read morePublished on January 9, 2005 by avidreader
Just a small bit of contrary opinion, to balance out all the enthusiastic reviews. In particular, I wanted to disagree with the reviewer below who wrote "This book is a must... Read morePublished on July 9, 2003 by Moten Swing
A number of people have written excellent reviews of this book so I'm just here to say that they're all right! Read morePublished on May 11, 2002 by Anonymouse
Find out what U.S. based traitors er traders are supporting in this book. Especially the entertainment & media industries. Disney, MGM, besides Amazon.com. Read morePublished on August 27, 2001