The Dalai Lama Story: The Making of a World Leader
A biography of the Tibetan spiritual leader written especially for children. Andrew Crowe presents the story of the 14th Dalai Lama detailing His Holiness's childhood in the world's largest palace, his freindship with Austrian Henrich Harrer, and his trek to safety in India after... read full description below.
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At just two and a half years old, the Dalai Lama was chosen to become the spiritual leader of Tibet. At age fifteen, during a time of great upheaval, he took political control of his country: China was invading Tibet. Peaceful resolutions failed and in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama found himself trapped in his own palace with the Chinese army poised to attack. Disguised, he fled with his family and many of his officials over some of the world's toughest mountain terrain. They finally crossed the border into India with the Chinese army less than a day's ride behind. Here is an inspiring and heroic story written especially for young readers. Andrew Crowe's vivid narration of the Dalai Lama's early life beautifully captures the spirit and personality of this 'world leader', as well as the mystique of the Tibetan ancient culture. The Dalai Lama Story is illustrated throughout with maps, photographs and drawings. Fifty years on, the Dalai Lama has never returned to Tibet where even to own his photo is forbidden and dangerous. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Despite the ongoing suffering of his people, the Dalai Lama continues to remind the world that 'hatred will not cease by hatred'.
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ANDREW CROWE has written 40 books, most of them about the natural world. 'This book began with a simple question,' he explains. 'How does a young person nowadays explore spiritual values in an open-minded way? 'Core spiritual values, I felt, must go beyond cultural differences and beliefs. They must be universal. In 2002u03, Andrew Crowe travelled to North India and Tibet, interviewing the Dalai Lama for this book, photographing and researching the Tibetan archives, getting to know the people, scenery, architecture, customs and religion of Tibet.