CONTENTS:- 1. Continental Cataclysm 2. Buddhism Comes to Tibet 3. Clucking Like a Hen and Breaking Up Fights 4. Prom a Prankster to the Dalai Lama Reincarnate 5. Farewell to the Worldly World 6. Lhasa in Turmoil 7. Tibet's New Ruler is Not all of Five Years Old 8. India, China, and Tibet 9. Suggestions of Fratricide 10. New Gods in Tibet 11. Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, India 12. Mao, Buddhism, and Tantra 13. To Talk or Not to Talk 14. The Nobel Laureate: Gandhi's Successor 15. Lite After Nobel 16. Unyielding Chinese and Uncompromising Tibetans 17. Murders in the Monastery 18. The Dalai Lama the Man 19. The Dalai Lama: The Monk 20. The Dalai Lama: The Mystic 21. Part Socratic, Part Rock Star, Part Eastern Wise Man, Mostly Buddhist Monk 22. Sex, Sexuality, Homosexuality, and Celibacy 23. The Last Dalai Lama? 24. Twilight Years 25. Geopolitics Devours Tibet's Destiny Again 26. Hotheads Versus Middle Way 27. Models of Autonomy 28. Han Chinese Turn to Buddhism 29. Will he Ever Return to Tibet? 30. Personal Impressions
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 fifty 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.