Open Road: The Global Journey of the XIVth Dalai Lama Soft Cover
Author: Pico Iyer
One of the most acclaimed and perceptive observers of globalism and Buddhism now gives us the first serious considerationâ€”for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alikeâ€”of the Fourteenth Dalai Lamas work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher. Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his fathers) for the last three decadesâ€”an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, in this insightful, impassioned book, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lamas position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being needlessly distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his everyday humanity.