Monday, March 7, 2011

Man Monk & Mystic

An authorized biography of the most celebrated world leader, Man, Monk & Mystic is a fascinating tale of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The title is fitting as the author attempted to describe the Dalai Lama in his multi-dimensional roles.
 He observed "I have seen many spiritual masters in my career, but there are very few who switch so effortlessly between their ordinary mortal concerns, their renunciatory  objectives, and their mystical calling as the Dalai Lama does".

As for the great importance of Dalai Lama leading the Tibetan struggle he says 
 "As long as the Dalai Lama is at the helm of Tibetan affairs there is no likelihood that the Tibet movement will turn itself into an armed struggle. The whole point of Tibet is that it must retain its moral and spiritual high ground because without that the conflict it faces could degenerate into any of the hundreds of armed insurgencies around the world". This is quite a revelation, especially at a time when the Dalai Lam plans to hand over the political authority to an elected leadership.

of interpersonal relationships the Dalai Lama said ," I see two types of relationships. one is based on sexual or physical attraction where the primary motive is physical gratification. I do not bring any judgment to bear on such relationships, but they are essentially between two objects.  They second type is not predominantly physical or sexual but based on deeper appreciation for each other's qualities and attributes. Such relationship work better because they are free from the tensions of physical attraction."
These are the words of a great Buddhist philosopher and scholar, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Taking advantage of his unfettered access to the Dalai Lama  Indian born writer and journalist Chchaya even asked some outlandish and unthinkable questions such as why Buddhist monk chose to be celibate, did the the Dalai Lama in his younger days think of sex, and what is the Dalai Lama's view on homosexuality so on. There are wide range of questions on political social, and humanism addressed to His Holiness. And the response provide great insight into the mental set of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Each chapter deals with a specific issue all together brings out the greatness of the Dalai Lama as a man, monk and mystic.   Any one who is interseted on Tibet and Buddhism, the book is a must read. 

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