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The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys Paperback – August 2, 2005
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This book is very important especially now as security has made is very difficult to see the Dalai Lama the human being, the man who embodies what he teaches.
It is notable in that Victor who is clearly part of the stories makes sure we know the story is about the Dalai Lama, not about himself. (Unlike other biographers)
I have been a student of the Dalai Lama now for over 15 years. In the early days he would wade into crowds to meet people, find the one person in the crowd who would truly both need and benefit from the greatness of his compassion and give them both,answer spontaneous questions, direct obnoxious questioners to Buddhist texts for answers, and generally respond to the ignorance of us, the ordinary impoverished student, seeker or curious observer, spontaneously laugh at his own mistakes and admit his own ignorance(he still does), but the opportunity to see and know The Dalai Lama, the man, has been stifled especially in the West by the overbearing security that interferes with his mobility and puts shivers of Big Brother up one's spine.
This book very much reveals to us the man behind the curtain who insists on transparency.The man who is curious and enchanting, the man who is one of the preeminent Buddhist scholars alive who can explain a difficult concept and point out a simple fact. But perhaps more than anything else Victor reveals the man who walks the walk and talks the talk and helps us understand what love and compassion really are. After reading this book for just a moment we are happy and at peace, just knowing what it truly means to be human.It gives us a glimmer, that perhaps we too can find peace in openness, love and compassion.
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