Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World

Why the Dalai Lama Matters His Act of Truth as the Solution for China Tibet and the World The suppression of Tibet s cultural heritage has the potential to set a precedent for all oppressed peoples of the world Perched on the top of the world changes in Tibet s ecosystem affect the entire

  • Title: Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World
  • Author: Robert A.F. Thurman
  • ISBN: 9781582702216
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • The suppression of Tibet s cultural heritage has the potential to set a precedent for all oppressed peoples of the world Perched on the top of the world, changes in Tibet s ecosystem affect the entire global climate And, most importantly, Tibet is the spiritual and physical home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, though he can never return But why should Tibet matter to yoThe suppression of Tibet s cultural heritage has the potential to set a precedent for all oppressed peoples of the world Perched on the top of the world, changes in Tibet s ecosystem affect the entire global climate And, most importantly, Tibet is the spiritual and physical home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, though he can never return But why should Tibet matter to you Tibet is than its mountains, its monks, and its martyrs Robert Thurman, renowned Tibetan scholar, teacher, and activist, presents his provocative, five point plan that will enable China to win the respect of the entire world by allowing Tibet to regain its cultural, economic, and political autonomy Thurman shows how the Dalai Lama s tireless work is the harbinger of peace for the world and essential for human survival The book outlines several key factors that will educate and empower readers to take action What is the history of Tibet, and how do the political, religious, ecological, and social factors affect each other Who is the Dalai Lama, and why does his work matter to the world What does the China Tibet relationship mean to the global community What can individuals do to bring attention to this issue, and make a change where they are How can the five point plan be used as a model of peaceful change throughout the world

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    1. An informative book why the Dalai Lama (the 14th and the position in general) is important: he is a scientist, a political leader, a role model, a Buddhist monk and teacher, a philosopher, a leader, and more. Also about Chinese/Tibetan relations and suggestions for how the two nations can go forward together in harmony."Dr. Paul Ekman, the world authority on emotion revealed in facial expression, was unable to find the slightest trace of artificiality in the Dalai Lama's smile." Page F in pictur [...]

    2. I have learned a lot by reading this book. A small step to enlightenment.Its just sad that China did not take the opportunity they had during the 2008 olympics, they did not do the steps, the author had written in the book. If China had taken those steps, it would had been wonderful for the Tibetans and other Asians. Instead, it seems the Chinese government is intent on being an agressive super power, because as of now, China is claiming that they own an island that is under the Philippines. Not [...]

    3. A bit disappointing,I wouldn't really recommend it. Although I did pick up some additional information about the Tibetan situation, I was familiar with much of it from my time in Dharamsala India in the Tibetan refugee community and from reading the Dalai Lama's two autobiographies. However it could be useful to some people. The explanation of Tibetan Buddhism's roots is informative, if a bit complex.I reacted to a couple of aspects of the book: firstly that a Westerner, although educated in Asi [...]

    4. An overly sentimental piece that's already dated with constant references to President Hu Jintao. I recommend it for people who are already deep into the Tibet debate, but not for those new on the scene (it'll probably cement an overly idealistic image). While Thurman does openly call himself idealistic, he at least tries to broaden our minds into the possibilities and his approach to the issue is way more balanced than the Tibet as Independent State vs. Tibet is Chinese debate that it is usuall [...]

    5. A fascinating read by a respected scholar. Offers a unique insight into Tibet-China relations and into the work of the Dalai Lama to ensure his people are not forgotten - a feat barely short of miraculous when you think of how unknown he and Tibet were when he started the quest). The solution to the problems of allowing Tibet to flourish independently but not outside of China are the product of deep thinking about how to move forward in a way that stops the current attempted erosion of Tibetan c [...]

    6. This is a critical book to read even if one is not Buddhist. China will play an important role in the 21st century whether we like it or not. How it has dealt, and could deal, with cultural diversity at its doorstep has profound implications for our global future. The Dalai Lama is for the world what Martin Luther King Jr. was for the U.S. We would do well to become educated about the issue of Tibet, to become better advocates abroad for the human rights that we hold so dear here.

    7. I have tickets to see Robert Thurman in February so I wanted to read his book before then. I was amazed to find myself starting to believe that is is possible that China could come to see the advantage of an independent Tibet. Per Thurman, think of the end of apartheid in South Africa and of the dissolution of the former Soviet Union.

    8. As we enter the 50th anniversary of the complete takeover of Tibet by China and the beginning of the Dalia Lama's exile from his home land, one of America's great Buddhist Scholars Robert Thurman explains why the cause of Tibet deserves more than mere lip service and what the Dalai Lama offers to the world.

    9. I edited this book for Beyond Words/Atria books. I found it extremely informative about the situation in Tibet and the Dalai Lama's activism not only for Tibet's freedom but also for advancements in humankind. I recommend this for people who are passionate about making the world a better place.

    10. I was really looking forward to this book. But what I got was a very complicated discussion of Buddhism rather than a primer on the Dalai Lama himself. After floudering for a few days I gave up. If you want to read the book yourself, I have a copy that I'd love to give to you.

    11. Heard Robert Thurman speak at the University of Miami. He is quite extraordinary. He is a professor at Columbia University and co-founded Tibet House with Richard Gere. His plan for the future of Tibet is reasonable and inspiring. A must read along with, apparently, many of his other books.

    12. Thurman is an apologist for the Tibetan independence cause, in addition to being a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. What I gained from this book was a better idea of Tibetan history in relation to the Dalai Lama, and the way Tibet is physically separate from China.

    13. Horribly written and edited, not really worth you time. If you really want to know why HHDL matters, read one of his own books.

    14. An excellent explanation of the Dalai Lama's position on Chinese/Tibetan relationships and an explanation of how the differences could be worked out.

    15. I wasn't able to finish this book before it had to go back to the library. I was interested with the contents of the chapters I did get to read.China needs to listen to the Dalai Lama!

    16. While it starts with H.H. Dalai Lama; it quickly moves into a discussion of China-Tibet relations and why the chinese should give up it's occupation.

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