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The Dalai Lama

An Extraordinary Life
Paperback Book
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
February, 2021
$25.99 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

The firstdefinitive biography of the Dalai Lamaastory by turns inspiring, surprisingfrom an acclaimed Tibetan scholar withexceptional access to his subject

The Dalai Lamasmessage of peace and compassion resonates with people of all faiths and none.Yet, for all his worldwide fame,he remains personally elusive. Now, Alexander Norman, acclaimed Oxford-trained scholar of the history of Tibet,delivers the definitive biographyunique, multilayered,and at times even shocking.

The Dalai Lama illuminatesan astonishingodyssey from isolated Tibetan village to worldwide standing asspiritual and political leader ofone of the worlds most profound and complexcultural traditions. Norman reveals that, while the Dalai Lamahas never been comfortable with his political position, he has been a canny playerat one time CIA-backedwho hasmaneuvered amidstpervasive violence, includingplacing himself at the center ofa dangerous Buddhist schism. Yet even more surprising than the political, Norman convinces, is the Dalai Lamas astonishing spiritual practice, rooted in magic,vision, and prophecydetails of which areilluminated in this book for the first time.

A revelatory life story ofone of todaysmost radical,charismatic, and beloved world leaders.

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