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The Wisdom of Forgiveness

Intimate Conversations and Journeys
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Paperback Book
August, 2005
$19.95 CAD
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Since their first meeting in 1972, Victor Chan has enjoyed a warm, enduring friendship with the Dalai Lama. Over the next three decades, Chan would travel the globe with the Tibetan leader. From private meditation sessions to meetings with world leaders, Chan was granted unprecedented access. He sat with His Holiness in early-morning prayers, and stood beside him as he addressed his staff, comforted sick children, and met with extraordinary men and women. He had numerous opportunities to investigate the limits of the Dalai Lama’s compassion: Was there an “off-duty” personality in which he showed his true colours? Was he less a spiritual master than he appeared? Less loving toward his enemies? Chan’s observations take the shape of a remarkable, no-holds-barred portrait of this great leader as we’ve never seen him before.

The Wisdom of Forgiveness is a heart-to-heart conversation between the Dalai Lama and his dear friend, where we’re invited to listen in on His Holiness’ personal explorations.  It allows us to discover what profound meditative insight and suffering feel like to an enlightened being; what he does daily to develop himself spiritually; how he feels about violence, and the circumstances under which he could see committing an act of violence; how he has learned to love his enemies; and why it is that doctors report that the heart of this holy man in his late sixties resembles that of a twenty-year-old.

Because of their close friendship, Victor was able to pose some of the most personal questions ever asked of or answered by the Dalai Lama. The Wisdom of Forgiveness takes these two friends on journeys from India to Ireland; from the former Czechoslovakia to a pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites. If you’ve ever wondered why we love the Dalai Lama so much, this book makes it clear by placing us in the presence of a great being.

One thing I know for sure. I feel good around the Dalai Lama. I know people feel good around him. Perhaps we intuit that he walks the talk. We sense an uncommonly pure center inside him. Like a mirror reflecting light, it allows us to see and get in touch with our own humanity.

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