'Alexander Norman knows the Dalai Lama probably better than any Englishman alive' Spectator
For all his universal fame the Dalai Lama remains personally elusive. Now Alexander Norman acclaimed scholar of the history of Tibet delivers the definitive biography -- unique multilayered and at times even shocking
The Dalai Lama recounts an astonishing odyssey from an isolated Tibetan village to worldwide standing as spiritual and political leader of one of the world's most profound and complex cultural traditions. Norman reveals that while the Dalai Lama has never been comfortable with his political position he has been a canny player -- at one time CIA-backed -- who has maneuvered amidst pervasive violence including placing himself at the center of a dangerous Buddhist schism. Yet even more surprising than the political Norman convinces is the Dalai Lama's spiritual practice rooted in magic vision and prophecy -- details of which are revealed in this book for the very first time.
This is the illuminating life story of one of today's most radical charismatic and beloved world leaders.