read: 14 June 2006
If I had to pick one spiritual leader to sit down and have dinner with, it would be His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In this book a US psychiatrist managed to get a bunch of face time to interview him, and write a book on his teachings, from a western perspective. The western part is not needed. The Dalai Lamaís teachings on respect and compassion for all sentient beings, or the fundamental right of all beings to seek happiness, are universally appealing. Translation into western thought is not needed, and in fact detracts from the book. I found myself quickly skimming through anything that the co-author wrote to get back to the direct words of the Dalai Lama. I would not recommend buying the book, only because I think there are probably other books directly authored by the Dalai Lama that will be far more likely to be read multiple times. However, your library probably has the book, and itís worth checking out.
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