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The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk Paperback – August 4, 1998
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Original Language: Tibetan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With the help of translator Tsering Shakya, Palden Gyatso has crafted his story into a fluid yet surprisingly dispassionate account of his time in prison. Still, it is almost impossible not to be swept along on waves of pity, horror, and compassion as he suffers unspeakably at the hands of his tormentors. To understand the plight of one Tibetan monk is to step behind the eyes of an entire people. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I think books like this should be compulsory reading in schools. To often we dismiss our Western ways as the norm, and come to believe that the rest of the world basks in the same luxuries as we. Who could ever believe that in a modern Western world, which prides itself on it's liberal nature, we can turn our head to our Eastern neighbour, to their plight, to the years of jail so many suffer, for absolutely no reason. This book is not even available in Australia. I laughed at one former viewer's insightful comment, 'the only thing he didn't do well is write it. Compared to Steinbeck.' What an absurd comment. He is a simple Tibetan monk telling the tale of his fight against oppression, not writing a novel for you to marvel over his exceptional literary skills. You obviously missed the point, its shouldn't be how he wrote it, but what he wrote.
This book is as important now as ever. China has the 2008 Olympic games and yet these brutalities continue to occur. Not to mention the fact that China is now relocating Chinese into the Tibetan region, threatening forever one of the world's great cultures through dilution of the society and culture.
Buy this book and see both the horrors of mankind and also his greatness in what he can overcome. If you like this book, I would also recommend Ama Adhe's book from a woman's perspective in the same system. We often hear the word hero, but rarely is it so appropriate as it is in describing these amazing individuals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I met Palden Gyatso on his world tour in 1997 when he gave a talk. He is one of the most remarkable people I have met, and his book is a story of amazing resilience.Published 13 months ago by B^B
I come from a good home, a good family, and have been given everything needed to have a stable, healthy, and happy life. This book completely changed my life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by eric
Others in their reviews of this book have already said almost all I would say
about not only the book but also about this loving man. Read more
Perhaps it's age. There was a time when all things "holy" absorbed my attention totally. The courage and fortitude of Palden Gyatso are awe inspiring, but I found myself... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by penelope hilsdon
This book is an amazing story of a monk who preservers through many many years of persecution and imprisonment. The book truly inspires.Published on February 4, 2009 by Gregr
This book is a deeply moving and informative story about what has been going on in Tibet ever since the Chinese invasion and crackdown. Read morePublished on October 5, 2008 by Camis
An American friend was profoundly moved by the suffering she saw in Tibet recently...as red china gears up for the Olympics. Read morePublished on July 6, 2008 by K. Gleason
I recently met Palden Gyatso at a Dalai Lama teaching and bought a copy of his book there, mostly as a way to support him. Read morePublished on October 3, 2005 by Karma Tabkay Dorje
This is a great book. I am an activist for Tibetan independence and knew much about the atrocities taking place in Tibet since 1949, but this book put a face to the facts. Read morePublished on July 19, 2002 by notyouraveragedame