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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Book Review: Why the Dalai Lama Matters

June 3, 2008

His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World
June 2, 2008

Why the Dalai Lama Matters
Robert Thurman.
Atria Books/Beyond Words,

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an extraordinary example of a life
dedicated to peace, communication, and unity. What he represents, and
what he has accomplished, heals and transcends the current tensions
between Tibet and China. Why the Dalai Lama Matters explores just why
he has earned the world's love and respect, and how restoring Tibet's
autonomy within China is not only possible, but highly reasonable,
and absolutely necessary for all of us together to have a peaceful
future as a global community.

In the few decades since the illegal Chinese invasion of Tibet,
Tibetans have seen their ecosystem destroyed, their religion,
language, and culture repressed, and systematic oppression and
violence against anyone who dares acknowledge Tibetan sovereignty.
Yet, above it all, the Dalai Lama has been a consistent voice for
peace, sharing a "Middle-Way" approach that has gathered accolades
from the Nobel Peace Prize to the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.

Modeling this peaceful resistance shows the world that nobody is free
unless everybody is free -- and that a solution exists that can
benefi t all parties, not just one. And more than just his nation
have taken notice. His inter-religious dialogues, honest, humble
demeanor, and sense of compassionate justice sets him apart in a
world at war with itself. When China changes policy and lets Tibetans
be who they are, Tibet can, in turn, join with China in peaceful coexistence.

Why the Dalai Lama Matters is not merely a book about Tibet or the
Dalai Lama. It is a revealing, provocative solution for a world in
confl ict, dealing with the very fundamentals of human rights and
freedoms. By showing the work that the Dalai Lama has done on behalf
of his people, Thurman illuminates a worldwide call to action,
showing that power gained by might means nothing in the face of a
determined act of truth.
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