Story of Tibet Conversations with the Dalai Lama

ISBN-10: 080214327X

ISBN-13: 9780802143273

Edition: 2007

Authors: Thomas Laird
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Description: On its hardcover publication in 2006, The Story of Tibet was met with wide acclaim. A monumental work, it is rare and crucial addition to out understanding of a country with one of the world's richest backgrounds. 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 His Holiness's beliefs on history, science, reincarnation, and Buddhism. Laird brings these meetings to life in a rich and vibrant historical narrative 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.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
The First Tibetans
The First Tibetan Emperor, 600-650
The Tibetan Empire and the Spread of Buddhism in Tibet, 650-820
Lang Darma: Decline, Revolt, and a Period of Chaos, 797-977
The Dharma Returns, and Buddhist Orders Are Born, 978-1204
Mongol Overlords and the Seeds of a Problem, 1207-1368
A Master Plan: The First to the Fourth Dalai Lamas, 1357-1617
The Fifth Dalai Lama and the Rise of the Manchu, 1617-1720
The Sixth to the Twelfth Dalai Lamas, 1705-1900
The Thirteenth Dalai Lama, 1876-1933
The Early Life of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, 1935-1950
Life Under Chinese Occupation, 1951-1959
Since 1959
Epilogue
Bibliography
Notes
Index
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