"In examining the life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an individual in the context of his different roles as man, monk, and mystic, Mayank Chhaya has succeeded in presenting an engaging portrait of one of the world's great leaders."
"Fascinating and demystifying."
An authorised biography of one of the world's greatest spiritual leaders.
Written with the full co-operation of the Dalai Lama, this fascinating, up-to-date biography captures at once the public persona and enduring mystery behind one of the world's most important spiritual leaders.
"Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, cannot be fully understood out of the context of current geopolitical forces and the political and spiritual status of Tibet. This context takes center stage in this authorized biography. Chhaya clearly admires the Dalai Lama and believes him to be deserving of reverence. Paul English's narration reflects, without overstating, the author's admiration and captures the general tone of veneration of the Dalai Lama's other admirers, whose observations form an important part of this book. English presents quotes by the Dalai Lama with a realistic accent that sets them apart from the general narration. Overall, English's engagement with the subject matter augments the clarity of his narration."
"This is an authorized biography by an Indian journalist who did his research homework and had access to the Dalai Lama. The author also brings a familiarity with Asian politics, an essential frame of reference for understanding the complex situation of the Tibetan spiritual and political leader who has spent close to fifty years in exile in India. The end product is balanced – neither debunking nor hagiographic, but taking a Buddhist-style Middle Way toward its subject, even though the author is not himself a Buddhist. Particularly fascinating and demystifying is the account of the Dalai Lama's earliest years."