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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

An Illustrated Biography
Hardcover Book
Interlink Books
November, 2020
$45.00 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

This biography of the Dalai Lamablessed by His Holiness himselfis the most authentic and intimate profile of the worlds greatest living spiritual figure. Tenzin Geyche Tethong, a close aide of His Holiness for forty years who became family, offers readers unprecedented access to the Dalai Lama in this beautifully illustrated book. The Dalai Lamas youngest brother, Ngari Rinpoche Tenzin Choegyal, who was only 12 years old when he accompanied His Holiness on his dangerous 1959 escape to India, is a personal friend of Tethong and the mentor for this book project. As elders to the Tibetan community in exile, these men have come together to tell the true story of His Holinesstheir brother, friend, and leader.

Featuring previously unpublished photographs, as well as interviews and memories of those closest to him, this book renders unparalleled insights into the Dalai Lamas experiences as the preeminent leader of Tibet, and the wealth of his compassion and gentle humor in the face of the ongoing conflict. This is in no small part due to Tethong and Ngari Rinpoches unique perspectives on many sensitive issues.

Richly compelling, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography is a stunning visual celebration of the Dalai Lama, sketching a memorable portrait of an icon and a cause that have won the attention and hearts of billions across the world.

As his long-time personal secretary, Tethong was privy to the Dalai Lamas difficult relationship with India during his exile, with many challenges arising from his host countrys ambivalence to Tibet. Tethong candidly discusses Indias lackluster attempts at uplifting his peopledenying them official documentation, restricting employment, and crowding refugees in the remote location of Dharmsalaciting its fear of angering China as the reason behind its ambivalence towards Tibet.

Ngari Rinpoche revisits his own profound memory of their exile: his time in the Special Frontier Force, or the 22 of the Indian Army, a period of his life for which there had previously been little recorded information. Ngari Rinpoche and his wife, Rinchen Khando, were one of the many Tibetans who joined this covert force with the intent of fighting the Chinese, under the guidance of intelligence agencies such as Indias RAW and the American CIA. For the very first time, they discuss their American colleagues, the disappointments they faced as part of the 22, and the experiences that led to Ngari Rinpoches depressive episode.

Tethong also sheds much-needed light on the Dalai Lamas Nobel Prize-winning campaign for the spiritual and political liberation of his people. He adopts a nuanced approach towards the Dalai Lamas non-violent struggle for Tibetan autonomy, writing frankly about their attempts to mediate the political differences between younger Tibetans in Dharmsala and the Tibetan administration. He also explores the numerous political difficulties faced by the Dalai Lamas cause in the years before its worldwide recognition.

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