The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - History - 496 pages
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Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews that covered history, science, reincarnation, and Buddhism. Laird brings these meetings to life in rich, vibrant, and monumental work that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth, and spirituality. Tibet’s story is rich with tradition and filled with promise. It begins with the Bodhisattva Chenrizi (“The Holy One”) whose spirit many Tibetans believe resides within the Dalai Lama. We learn the origins of Buddhism, and about the era of Great Tibetan Emperors, whose reign stretched from southwestern China to Northern India. His Holiness introduces us to Tibet’s greatest yogis and meditation masters, and explains how the institution of the Dalai Lama was founded. Laird explores, with His Holiness, Tibet’s relations with the Mongols, the Golden Age under the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibet’s years under Manchu overlords, modern independence in the early twentieth century, and the Dalai Lama’s personal meetings with Mao just before His Holiness fled into exile in 1959. The Story of Tibet is “a tenderly crafted study that is equal parts love letter, traditional history, and oral history” (Publishers Weekly).
 

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THE STORY OF TIBET: Conversations with the Dalai Lama

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An initially rickety narrative about the exiled Dalai Lama's homeland recovers to stand solidly in favor of Tibet's independence from China.Crime-novelist Laird (Black Dog, 2004, etc.) is also a ... Read full review

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As events unfold toward the 2008 Olympics in China, and protests of human rights violations follow the Olympic flame on its journey around the world, it is disconcerting to hear the Chinese government ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The First Tibetans
12
The First Tibetan Emperor 600650
29
The Tibetan Empire and the Spread of Buddhism in Tibet 650820
44
Lang Darma Decline Revolt and a Period of Chaos 797977
64
THE Dharma Returns and Buddhist Orders Are Born 9781204
75
Mongol Overlords and The Seeds of a Problem 12071368
106
A Master Plan The first to the fourth Dalai Lamas 13571617
125
The Thirteenth Dalai Lama 18761933
213
The Early Life of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama 19351950
262
Life Under Chinese Occupation 19511959
315
Since 1959
341
Epilogue
375
Bibliography
387
Notes
399
Index
459

The Fifth Dalai Lama and the Rise of the Manchu 16171720
154
The Sixth to the Twelfth Dalai Lamas 17051900
187

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About the author (2007)

Thomas Laird has worked as a journalist for Time, Asiaweek, and Newsweek. His photography has appeared in two books and more than fifty magazines. He is also the author of Into Tibet: The CIA’s Fist Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa.

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