THE DALAI LAMA
Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | English Non-fiction
THE DALAI LAMA
‘Alexander Norman knows the Dalai Lama probably better than any Englishman alive’ SpectatorFor 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 shockingThe 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.
ALEXANDER NORMAN has collaborated with the Dalai Lama on several of his bestselling books, including the autobiography Freedom in Exile, and Beyond Religion. He is the author of a critically acclaimed history of the Dalai Lamas, Holder of the White Lotus.