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New Autobiography MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY by the Dalai Lama

October 8, 2010

Contains Never Before Published Material
October 6, 2010

My Spiritual Journey provides a vivid and moving
portrait of the Dalai Lama’s life journey that is
personal in tone but universal in scope. He
explores three phases or commitments of his
spiritual life -- as a human being, as a Buddhist
monk, and as the Dalai Lama—each of which has
made him more dedicated to exploring and teaching
human values and inner happiness, promoting
harmony among all religions, and advocating for
the civil rights and well-being of the Tibetan people.

"As long as human beings feel pleasure and pain
as you do, there is no logical basis that
authorizes you to establish distinctions or to
diminish your solicitude for them, even when their attitude is negative."

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) Oct 6, 2010 -- His
Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the head of state
of Tibet and has been their spiritual leader
since 1959. Although living in exile, he remains
the beloved leader of millions of Tibetans, and
has become a global icon of spiritual living and
the peaceful struggle for justice.

In My Spiritual Journey (October 2010; Hardcover;
$25.99; ISBN 9780061960222), the Dalai Lama
brings the world a powerful message: one of
suffering, success, and hope. A vivid and moving
portrait of his life journey, My Spiritual
Journey is organized into three parts:

* Childhood: The Dalai Lama’s childhood memories
show his human dimension as he stresses the
importance of relating to each other on the basis of common humanity.

* Buddhist Monk: He reflects upon his experience
as a Buddhist monk, explaining the source of his
bodhisattva ideal, and inviting readers to
transform the world by transforming our own minds.

* The Dalai Lama: In his role as the Dalai Lama,
His Holiness explains his wish to establish Tibet
as a sanctuary of peace for the world, where
humanity and nature can live in harmonious balance.

The Dalai Lama also weighs in on the great issues
of our time, including 9/11, religious militancy,
violence in Tibet, and the environment. He offers
his thoughts on what he hopes will happen when he
steps down, and considers what his next incarnation might be.

Despite the trials of his life, the Dalai Lama’s
hope and good humor shine throughout book. He
writes, “I laugh often, and my laughter is
contagious. When people ask me how I find the
strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a
professional laugher…to that is added, as I often
say, the responsibility of being realistic. Of
course problems are there. But thinking of the
negative aspect doesn’t help to find solutions, and it destroys peace of mind.”

With the help of his trusted collaborator, Sofia
Stril-Rever, My Spiritual Journey presents a
comprehensive, stirring narrative of the Dalai Lama’s spiritual life.

About the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
is both the head of state and the spiritual
leader of Tibet. Since 1959, His Holiness has
received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, and
prizes in recognition of his message of peace,
non-violence, inter-religious understanding,
universal responsibility and compassion. His
Holiness has also authored more than 72 books.

About the Contributor
Sofia Stril-Rever is a Sanskrit expert and an
interpreter for the Dalai Lama. Having done
graduate work in Indian studies, she received
training from a traditional Indian pandit and a
Tibetan lama in the monastery of Kirti
(Dharamsala). She translated and published a
collection titled Kalachakra Buddhist Scriptures.
She is co-founder of the website

"My dear friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama is
not simply a holy man. He is recognized
throughout the world as one of our few true moral
authorities. In his new book, My Spiritual
Journey, he shares lessons learned from a
remarkable life, in turn showing us how to live
our own lives with compassion, non-violence and
love." -- Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Dalai Lama & Sofia Stril-Rever
HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Hardcover | $25.99 | 304 Pages | ISBN 9780061960222
October 2010
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