THE WISDOM OF FORGIVENESS:
Intimate Journeys and Conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan

Publisher:  Riverhead Books

Pub Date:  Spring 2004

Format:   Hardcover

#9 Publishers Weekly Religion Bestseller

Brief Description
Will be the first book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama done in conjunction with an ethnic Chinese collaborator.
(see below for Full Description)

Accolades
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Finailist in the "Spirituality" category of the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards.

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Reviews
"Chan has an amazing gift of observation and description. The book is as much an intimate look at his own personal journey as it is a portrait of the Dalai Lama.…In a beautiful turn of phrase that he illuminates throughout the book, Chan says the Dalai Lama wears “his soul on his face.” And he shares, as he has rarely done, his own spiritual experiences….Although the book is filled with many intimate experiences and conversations that bring this holy man into vivid view, its most beautiful aspect is the relationship between Chan and the Dalai Lama."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Drawing on Buddhist principles, this book loosely discusses His Holiness's ideas on forgiveness, though Chan presents them gently through stories, not didactically as a step-by-step how-to manual…Somehow, the book's serious call to forgiveness becomes all the more engaging and possible because of the Dalai Lama's own lighthearted spirit."
--Publishers Weekly

"Chan spent weeks in the past five years hangin' with His Holiness. He was given unprecedented access to the Dalai Lama on tours and at in northern India, where Tibet's leader-in-exile has lived since 1959 when China invaded his country.  For Chan, it's all about trust. His Holiness let him into his life, and Chan takes readers behind the curtain, revealing details of the Dalai Lama's life that no one knew.  "I read chapters," His Holiness says, before turning to his trusted secretary, Tenzin Geyche Tethong, a small man in a sharp suit, to say something in Tibetan.  Tethong, who speaks just above a whisper, says to Chan: "His Holiness says he couldn't put it down."
--Palm Beach Post

"No writer--no outsider, in fact--has had a fraction of the time Chan has spent with His Holiness since then. Chan has logged hundreds of hours as part of the Dalai Lama's entourage, travelling worldwide to conferences and Buddhist ceremonies, and conducting scores of daily interviews at his residence in Dharamsala, India, observing and chatting with the Nobel Laureate….The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys is not a traditional book on Buddhism at all, but instead an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the world's most admired man. It is a book about philosophy in action, as the Dalai Lama reflects on life, food, sickness, his own spiritual epiphanies and failings, the famous personalities he meets, the value of compassion, the dangers of western cynicism, the role of mental attitude in health, modern physics, and the advantages of forgiveness over revenge….It is clear from the book the two men are good friends. There are no secrets, no taboo topics--and a lot of joking….The book is a powerful antidote to 21st-century angst."
--Georgia Straight Newspaper, Vancouver

 

Full Description
          In 1972, Victor Chan became the first ethnic Chinese to visit the Dalai Lama in exile. The meeting had a profound effect on him, and he would eventually found an organization devoted to building bridges between Chinese and Tibetans.
          Nearly 30 years later, in 1999, Victor Chan was granted another audience with the Dalai Lama. He asked the Dalai Lama if he would collaborate with him on a book about his life and teachings, and the Dalai Lama agreed.
          For the next three years, Mr. Chan traveled extensively with the Dalai Lama on four continents. His access was privileged and unprecedented—only the Dalai Lama’s bodyguards and Panjor-la (his monk attendant) were ever closer to him physically. He flew with him to Portugal, Hungary, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway and the Arctic Circle; in May 2001 alone they went to nine U.S. cities in 21 days. Between the trips, Mr. Chan and the Dalai Lama spent many hours in one-on-one interviews at his Dharamsala residence.
          THE TIBETAN MONK AND THE CHINESE PILGRIM is a wise and gentle primer to finding joy and contentment within. With magnificent simplicity, the Dalai Lama makes the vast store of his wisdom available in this spiritual guide with a difference. Highly anecdotal, it will also unfold events and little-known incidents from the Dalai Lama’s life. It is TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE with the world’s best-loved religious leader.
          With the tremendous recent successes of THE ART OF HAPPINESS (over 1 million copies in print), AN OPEN HEART, and HOW TO PRACTICE, THE TIBETAN MONK AND THE CHINESE PILGRIM is sure to be a major bestseller.


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