The Wisdom of Forgiveness by Dalai Lama XIV, Victor Chan

bookshelves: summer-2015, nonfiction, nobel-laureate

Read from April 19 to July 04, 2015

Description: Imagine for a moment that you have a good friend who just happens to be in the Dalai Lama’s inner circle of friends. Now imagine that you have the opportunity to spend time with this friend, hearing about his travels and conversations with His Holiness, relishing every minute detail.

Chan’s presents a very personal account of his time spent with the Dalai Lama, unlike other books that tend to be more academic or intellectual. As a result, the reader is able to see the Dalai Lama in a different light. It’s like viewing Mount Fuji from an angle different from the picture postcard; still the same beautiful mountain but with new angles and lines.

Some of Chan’s descriptions border on the unbelievable. Did His Holiness really say that about the gun? And did he really say that about wanting to exact revenge on the Chinese soldier (if a certain situation arose)? And did His Holiness really say that to Oprah? These passages give “The Wisdom of Forgiveness” its uniqueness and color.

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