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Review: Novel Ties Personal, Spiritual Journey to Tibetan Crisis

July 30, 2008

The Dharma King' makes for thoughtful summer read.
PRWEB
July 29, 2008

San Mateo, July 29, 2008 -- Come August, the world's eyes will be on
China as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad take place in Beijing. For
those who want to complement daily media accounts of swim times,
medal ceremonies and gymnastics scores with a late-summer read, "The
Dharma King" will hit the shelves just in time.

Described as a thrilling novel of one man's quest to save Tibet - and
himself - "The Dharma King" is an epic chase to find and bring the
baby Panchen Lama, the spiritual counterpart to the Dalai Lama, to safety.

The timely story guides the reader to examine the competing interests
of capitalism and spirituality, China's emergence onto the world
stage, Tibet's future and the personal struggle to find meaning in a
changed world, says B.G. Stroh, while raising individuals' spiritual awareness.

"The inescapable tragedy of the current Tibetan situation drew me to
the struggles of the Panchen Lama," explains Stroh, who has traveled
throughout Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, and studied Tibetan Buddhism.
"The novel ties together one man's personal quest with responsibility
for something greater in the world in a fascinating story."

The story traces the physical and spiritual journal of a young
American man, the eldest son of a wealthy San Francisco family. With
a guaranteed life of privilege and power ahead of him, he books a
flight to Kathmandu on a whim after college graduation - a flight
with events that will change him forever.

Samuel Falk Simms, Jr., races against time, a vicious Chinese colonel
and his own demons to save what may be the last hope of a religion
and culture in peril. Searching Buddhist temples and foreign cities,
and crossing the Himalayan plains, he is guided by a fleeting glimpse
of an obscure map, a new love and the long-buried truth within him.

On his journey to find the Panchen Lama, says Stroh, Sam comes to
terms with a deeper level of meaning in his own life. "I hope that
each reader can be his or her own 'Dharma King' and follow his or her
own path by being mindful and aware -- because until we take personal
responsibility for the world that we live in, and until we each
follow our own hearts, nothing will change."

"The Dharma King" is published by iUniverse, Inc., and is available
at Barnes & Noble bookstores, at Amazon.com, through iUniverse, Inc.
<http://www.iuniverse.com> or at www.dharmaKing.com ($14.95
U.S./paperback, $23.95 U.S./hardcover), where readers can access the
full first chapter of the book. The book is a designated iUniverse
Publisher's Choice selection.

A portion of the proceeds from the novel will be donated to the
re-established Sera Jhe Monastery in southern India.
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