My Spiritual Journey

My Spiritual Journey The world knows the public face of the fourteenth Dalai Lama We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion his Nobel Peace Prize and his friendships with world leaders Ho

  • Title: My Spiritual Journey
  • Author: Dalai Lama XIV Sofia Stril-Rever Charlotte Mandell
  • ISBN: 9780061960222
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The world knows the public face of the fourteenth Dalai Lama.We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his Nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama cThe world knows the public face of the fourteenth Dalai Lama.We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his Nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama charts his spiritual journey from his boyhood days in rural Tibet to his years as a monk in the capital city of Dharamsala, to his life in exile as a world leader and symbol of peace.My Spiritual Journey provides a vivid and moving portrait of the Dalai Lama s life journey that is personal in tone but universal in scope He explores three phases or commitments of his spiritual life as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama each of which has made him dedicated to exploring and teaching human values and inner happiness, promoting harmony among all religions, and advocating for the civil rights and well being of the Tibetan people.At the age of two, little Tenzin Gyatso was identified as the fourteenth incarnation of the first Dalai Lama From then on, his life has been a trajectory few can imagine Some see him as a living Buddha and moral authority, others identify him as a god king, which still others see him in political terms as either a hero or a counterrevolutionary In My Spiritual Journey, we see the personal struggles, the courage, the laughter, and the compassion that have defined the remarkable life of one of our world s greatest living legends.

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    1. He’s just this guy, you know?My Spiritual Journey is a collection of the Dalai Lama’s writings, speeches, and thoughts as they pertain to his life as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama. This is not a traditional autobiography or memoir. Instead, some of the chapters (passages? sections?) are quite short—even less than a page—but no less meaningful or inspiring. Rather than looking for some kind of chronological theme, it helps to view this book in those three stages [...]

    2. I was a bit disappointed in this particular Dalai Lama book because it was repetitive of what I had already read in other books by the Dalai Lama. It was as if Sofia Stril-Rever (responsible for putting this together) took bits and pieces of other books already written and made another book of the same material. The last 35-40% of the book was all the Dalai Lamas speeches about letting Tibet being free again, so it was very repetitive on those chapters as well. I was reading the same sentences o [...]

    3. I'd first like to clarify that I found very much of this book interesting and I came away having learned very much about Tibet and Buddhism. This being said, I still really had to push myself to finish this book. I came into reading it with very high expectations, I thought it would be the exact type of book I would be enthralled in. However, I reserved a few problems with it.First, I, personally, did not feel a great sense of continuity or organization within the book. I learned and enjoyed the [...]

    4. I am trying to be objective in this review, as this book was a disappointment for me, but that is because I've read a whole lot about and by the Dalai Lama, and have studied Buddhism for nearly 20 years. A lot of this is cut from previous letters/speeches/books with some explanations thrown in. Originally translated from French, I did notice some minor content differences. If you haven't read a lot of his works, this would be a great book for you. If you've read a lot of his works, skip it, unle [...]

    5. This interesting autobiography (plus commentary from the translator) was quite interesting. It told the Dalai Lama's life/views in three different areas-as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama. There was a great deal about Tibet's struggles with China and his advocacy of non-violence. He's an inspiring person, with a lot of warmth and humor as well as serious principles.

    6. Where to begin? An amazing man, an educated, thoughtful, compassionate human being. The book itself, while explaining his philosophy on life, also discusses his concerns and thoughts about the world and where we're headed. I especially like his ideas around our interdependence and the need to develop compassionate, kind relationships with everyone - other people, other nations. While often a difficult read for me, and I thought at times it became repetitious, I'm still glad I read it.

    7. Yes, I am giving the Dalai Lama two stars. Not that there isn't valuable material here, there always is when it comes to the DL. But to market this as a spiritual autobiography is a bit unfair to the reader. This is primarily a political track emphasizing the Tibetan government in exile's current position in relation to China. As far as spiritual writing goes, there is a fair bit of that as well. But what this book doesn't do enough of is tell the story of the Dalai Lama's early spiritual develo [...]

    8. The Dalai Lama, Spiritual Master of Tibet, has written many books. This is the first I have read, and I would call it Lama/Tibet lite. It is entertaining, educational, in some parts humorous, and always a page turner. For someones first exposure to the Dalai Lama, we learn some of his history, a brief account of the tragic Chinese overthrow of Tibet, an his insights into living and the modern world. No lecturing, anger, finger pointing, etc. but a lot of talk of his efforts to resolve the Tibet [...]

    9. This unique book written by the Dalai Lama himself was a fantastic read. Full of adventure, and hardships that were endured throughout the life of his holiness. the Dalai Lama has written other books, but this one was the first time that he had written about his personal life and all of his experiences from the man who has seen it all. This book does not only contain stories and information about his time as the Dalai Lama, but the training it took to get to where he is and how well established [...]

    10. As always, lot of good thoughts and quotes. The Dalai Lama is always an interesting and inspirational read. I learned a lot about the atrocities in Tibet and I find it hard to believe that so little has been done. I like that the Dalai Lama focuses so much on compassion. It's definitely one of things this world could use tons more of. My biggest gripe with this book was that it seemed kind of repetitive. Like each section was approved individually with out consideration to whether most of the in [...]

    11. LOVING this book - if you are in tune with your own spiritual journey, I think you will love it too. I am fascinated to learn about how the Dalai Lama found out he was the incarnation of the 13th dalai lama and about his childhood. But it's interspersed with anecdotes about current political situations affecting Tibet and essentially, the whole world. China is really something else. . .I will pray for them. I recommend this book for all spiritually minded individuals.

    12. I love the Dalai Lama, and—over the course of many years—I have learned that some of his books are better than others. While his teachings on compassion are strong in the first half, the second half is dedicated to his history in exile. This strict organization is jarring, and after reading 50 pages about how we as humans should dedicate our lives to easing the suffering of otherse second half is heartbreaking.I learned a lot about the occupation of Tibet, and I feel a complete sense of pers [...]

    13. I've never read anything by the current Dalai Lama, and I found this book interesting and informative about his life and the country and people of Tibet. I think I will have a better and more informed attitude about this little country in the Himalayas for having read the book. Some of it is a bit repetitive, but I can understand why, in that the Dalai Lama over a long period of years, and many attempts, kept trying to win independence back for his nation and his people--who had been independent [...]

    14. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama writes about his experiences gaining his title as well as living it out. In his memoir, My Spiritual Journey, he describes the hardships he has had to face as well as the rewards he has gained. From the beginning when he was chosen as the Dalai Lama, to fleeing Tibet in order to escape the Chinese, he has stayed true to his faith and religion throughout. My Spiritual Journey takes place in Tibet. He is first chosen as the Dalai Lama by Buddhist monks who f [...]

    15. This book is a collection of Dalai Lama’s public speeches, his personal reflections and his dharma talks along with the author Sofia Stril Rever’s thoughtful insights. The book has three parts, which Dalai Lama describes as “three commitments in Life”. The first part is “As a human being” where he says he is just a human being who has chosen to serve as Buddhist monk. He speaks about the basic nature of all human beings. Despite the fact that we already possess many positive qualitie [...]

    16. I suspect that Buddhism to many in the West is a religion often associated with ancient and arcane traditions, curious mysticism and obscure rituals and practices. This autobiography by the Dalai Lama, the principal figure of Tibetan Buddhism, sheds light on the practice of Buddhism as not merely a religion, but also a deep and spiritual philosophy towards life. One of the features of Buddhism that struck me most was its ability to accommodate other religions comfortably despite its universalism [...]

    17. I just could not bring myself to finish this book. The last few chapters of the book was very hard to get through. Very political, repetitive, and a pretty big digression away from the original topic of this book. It is both a disappointment and a frustration.I knew nothing about Tibet and the Dalai Lama prior to reading the book, and definitely learned some very interesting things that changed my view on the Dalai Lama and the issue of Tibet. For context, my family is Han Chinese, and growing u [...]

    18. I think it is okay kind of book for the beginners who just want to get some basic understanding of Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan political situation . But as an advance reader on the topic it was not an impressive work for me since I picked the book to understand the spiritual aspect of Dalai Lama XIV's life but I felt it was highly political instead of spiritual.

    19. This is a dynamic book about the Dalai Lama. It is part biography, Tibetan history, politics, spirituality and personal vision. This is a good begining for those interested in Tibet or the current Dalai Lama. It is written with the assistance of Sofia Srtil-Rever. The most fascinating aspects of this book is when the Dalai Lama talks about his childhood in Tibet and his obligations and routines as the Dalai Lama. This book is not a spiriutal guide or Buddhist teaching tool. It is a great book th [...]

    20. Eh, nothing much to it. The message is nice. The 14th Dalai Lama's emphasis on love, freedom, peace, forgiveness and compassion is very noble and positive. I don't think you'll find many who will argue that. But it's nothing new or interesting, not to me at least. All that jazz about humanity and kindness is great and wonderful etcetera etcetera. But I didn't find the thoughts put down in this book to be particularly unique or life changing. Maybe to someone else it would be. In fact, I wouldn't [...]

    21. I did not finish this book. I was really looking forward to learning more about the Dalai Lama's spiritual journey. I love his whole Lo-ove is my Religion outlook on life, and I feel like a lot of Christian's can learn a lot from him. Especially after learning that there are so many parallels between the Dalai Lama and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series (one of my favorite cartoon series), I became extremely interested in how he discovered that he is the Dalai Lama and how he became who he is [...]

    22. I have a soft spot in my heart for books on this amazing man. This book, however, was an odd collection of thoughts (written by a Frenchwoman)that I hoped would shed more light on his true spiritual "journey." It ends up the book is more a haphazard spin of his general life, most facts of which I already knew so nothing new learned. Also, it seems as if entire paragraphs were repeated in different sections, a structure I found mildly annoying. I really did enjoy the thoughtful pieces on "taking [...]

    23. It was refreshing to learn about the transformation of the Dalai Lama from a head of a feudal state to become an advocate of human rights. This transformation by no means is simple and straight forward. This was quite a spiritual journey.The book also hints about the internal struggles of the Dalai Lama. The three commitments of the Dalai Lama, at the surface, appear that can be coexistent harmoniously. However, when one looks deeper, one may find that it is not necessary the case. As a human be [...]

    24. This is a book which is part biographical, Buddhism teachings, Tibetan history, politics and (even) green activism. The first half of the book touches on the Dalai Lama's childhood years and his identification and confirmation as the 14th Dalai Lama. In the second half of the book, he imparts Buddhist teachings of loving-kindness, compassion and universal responsibility; to exercise brotherly exchanges between religions, and his interest in the interface between science and humanity. In the fina [...]

    25. This is a collection of reflections, essays, and speeches given by the Dalai Lama over a number of years which cover everything from his selection as the 14th Dalai Lama and his childhood to Buddhist views on the environment and humanity as a whole. It also goes into quite a bit of depth regarding Tibetan cultural and political history which I found to be very clearly explained and informative. The book has been compiled by a French editor who has spent a lot of time with the Dalai Lama; her not [...]

    26. I thought the book was good, and a bit sad. Sad, because I visited Tibet last year and saw everything the the Dali Lama talked about happening in real life. Except even more. He kept talking about hope and for the Tibetan people to stay strong, but all I saw were Chinese troops, Chinese influence everywhere, and the final stages of the take over. There are hundreds and hundreds of new apartments rising high on out skirts of Lhasa. The Chinese allow visitors to see "some" of the ancient culture o [...]

    27. At the age of only 16, the Dalai Lama became the temporal leader of Tibet. This book details the way in which he was chosen as a very young child, which was fascinating. Much of the book is devoted to his teaching and beliefs. The last third discusses the Chinese incursion into Tibet and the genocide that the Chinese have continued to perpetuate in an attempt to wipe out Tibetan culture, to eliminate their religion and to decimate the Tibetan people. Their actions at the time of the recent Olymp [...]

    28. An insightful account into the mind of a both religious leader and the leader of a country in exile. This personal statement is not only religious or philosophical, but gives a great overview of the condition of Tibet. How China took Tibet over, the atrocities committed against the Tibetan people and what those that left are doing for the next generation.With regards to the spiritual and philosophical points of view, obviously, the Dalai Lama is a pacifist, but nonetheless, he has great insight [...]

    29. Although this book does provide some autobiographical material, I was disappointed it did not have more. Still, a book well worth reading. Much of it is a reflection by the Dalai Lama on his long career, and focuses most especially on his efforts to free Tibet from the despotic control of the Chinese. I cannot help but feel discouraged for him, as he has spent over 65 years trying to bring peace to Tibet, and it seems like he is not closer today than he was in the 1950s to his goal. I am impress [...]

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