Monday, April 7, 2008

An Effort to Understand More about the Dalai Lama

This book, The Open Road: the Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama by Pico Iyer, is on my immediate reading list. My interest is raised by a book review in the New Yorker titled "Holy Man," and also the radical actions of the protesters in London who tried to douse the Olympic flame. I question how much those protesters knew about the Dalai Lama or Tibet. They certainly had no respect for the Dalai Lama's position on the Beijing Olympics or Tibet autonomy.

Read "Holy Man" here.

5 comments:

Maryanne Stahl said...

yes, the NYer article was very balanced.

not sure what you think of Richard Gere as a Buddhist, but

Anonymous said...

In order to understand better what a hypocrite and opportunist Dalai Lama was and is and probably will be, you should read more historic facts about him and Tibet. The history of Tibet and the story of Dalai Lama himself are much more complicated than what most people can immagine. Before having a better understanding about Dalai Lama, it's better not to say anything about him and Tibet. Otherwise, you will just appear idiot-like. Dalai Lama never fought for his people or any other people. In fact, what he has been doing is only for himself. He is certainly not a peace promoter. Instead, he is in nature a firm violence supporter. Therefore, it was an absolutely big joke, or a farce, for the international community to award him the Nobel Peace Prize. The ordinary people in the West are pathetic, because the media never told and probably will never tell them the truth.

Xujun Eberlein said...

Interesting comment, Anonymous. So which book(s) do you recommend for me to read? I'd like to read books that are objective on this subject, not propaganda from either side.

Yipei said...

Xujun
Try Prizoner of Shangri-La. I'm reading another book called Propaganda as history: Tibet vs China. Might worth checking out as well

Xujun Eberlein said...

Thanks, Yipei, for the recommendations. I'll make sure to check out the two books. On the other hand, "The Open Road" is a bit disappointing given how much buzz it got in the media.