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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781846044670
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $35.00
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The Dalai Lama

The Biography




The first authorised biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 25 years, bringing his unique life fully up to date

'Alexander Norman knows the Dalai Lama probably better than any Englishman alive' Spectator

AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
The Dalai Lama’s message 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 biography—unique, multi-layered, and at times even shocking.

The Dalai Lama illuminates an astonishing odyssey from isolated Tibetan village to worldwide standing as spiritual and political leader of one of the world’s most profound and complex cultural traditions. Norman reveals that, while the Dalai Lama has never been comfortable with his political position, he has been a canny player—at one time CIA-backed—who has maneuvered amidst pervasive violence, including placing himself at the center of a dangerous Buddhist schism. Yet even more surprising than the political, Norman convinces, is the Dalai Lama’s astonishing spiritual practice, rooted in magic, vision, and prophecy—details of which are illuminated in this book for the first time.

A revelatory life story of one of today’s most radical, charismatic, and beloved world leaders.

  • Pub date: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781846044670
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Alexander Norman

Alexander Norman has written a number of books with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has known him personally for over 30 years. He regularly gives lectures on Tibetan history and culture and is fascinated by the country and its people. He lives in the UK.


Praise for The Dalai Lama

“[Alexander Norman] knows the Dalai Lama probably better than any Englishman alive”

Spectator

“Unlike the plethora of Hollywood meditators who claim friendship with the Dalai Lama, [Norman] has known him well for decades”

Sunday Times


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