The Dalai Lama is one of the best-known and respected public figures of modern times. A Nobel Peace Prize Winner, advocate for peace and campaigner for compassion, he regularly speaks at sell-out arena tours across the globe. In this new biography, Alexander Norman reveals the complex and compelling character of the Dalai Lama in more detail than ever before. Drawing on his long friendship with His Holiness and with his full support, Norman gives unparalled insights into the Dalai Lama's life, from being chosen as a young boy, his exile from Tibet and his involvement in political negotiations, to the present day. Uniquely, however, this book also reveals the private life of a very public man, including his personal spiritual experiences, daily Buddhist practice and the issues that are closest to his heart. Norman also explains how the turbulent history of Tibet has shaped the Dalai Lama's thinking and personality and corrects the myths that have built up around him. Illuminating, surprising and fascinating, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the Dalai Lama.
The first authorised biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 25 years, bringing his unique life fully up to date
"[Alexander Norman] knows the Dalai Lama probably better than any Englishman alive" Spectator "Unlike the plethora of Hollywood meditators who claim friendship with the Dalai Lama, [Norman] has known him well for over two decades" Sunday Times
Alexander Norman has written a number of books with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has known him personally for over 20 years. He regularly gives lectures on Tibetan history and culture and is fascinated by the country and its people. He lives in the UK.