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12 March, 2007

Dalai Lama: A new biography

Mayank Chhaya has written the Dalai Lama’s biography titled Dalai Lama, Man, Monk, Mystic, published by MapinLit, which was released on Saturday in Delhi, and is priced at Rs 595.

Click here to pre-order the book from in the US.

Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic (Hardcover)From Publishers Weekly
This is an authorized biography by an Indian journalist who did his research homework and had access to the Dalai Lama. The author also brings a familiarity with Asian politics, an essential frame of reference for understanding the complex situation of the Tibetan spiritual and political leader who has spent close to 50 years in exile in India. The end product is balanced—neither debunking nor hagiographic, but taking a Buddhist-style Middle Way toward its subject, even though the author is not himself a Buddhist. Particularly fascinating and demystifying is the account of the Dalai Lama's earliest years. Llamo Thondup, the Dalai Lama's birth name, was identified as the reincarnation of Tibet's top leader when he was just three years old. Scene-setting detail makes this chapter of the leader's life especially well told. (read more at

Related: "The dalai lama finds a new voice" by Mayank Chhaya, on the Business Standard web site.

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