The Open Road

The Open Road

The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Book - 2008
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One of the most acclaimed and perceptive observers of globalism and Buddhism now gives us the first serious consideration--for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike--of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher.

Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for the last three decades--an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, in this insightful, impassioned book, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's 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.

Moving from Dharamsala, India--the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile--to Lhasa, Tibet, to venues in the West, where the Dalai Lama's pragmatism, rigor, and scholarship are sometimes lost on an audience yearning for mystical visions, The Open Road illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
ISBN: 9780307267603
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 22, 2015

New to the subject, I appreciated the introductory narrative, but the author intertwined too much of his own personal life and journey for my taste. It was okay.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Iyer, a well respected journalist and travel writer, takes the reader on a journey to the heart and soul of the meaning of Buddhism in our modern world. Iyer met the Dalai Lama when he was a young boy and has become a long standing friend of the family. He has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama for the last three decades and Iyer's insights are personal and perceptive. Iyer is not a Buddhist but is fascinated with a man he believes is one of this century’s greatest scholar, politician and religious leader.

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