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Sunday, January 4, 2004

5. Book reviews: 'Tibetian Buddhist Life'; 'A Day in the Life of Billy Graham'

Dallas Morning News
Friday, January 2, 2004

Tibetan Buddhist Life
Don Farber
(DK Publishing, $30, 192 pages)

When you mention Tibet, Buddhism must follow. The two are inseparable.

As this land has struggled for independence from China, the plight of its
people has gained attention on the world stage, in large measure through the
efforts of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Yet, many do not understand
what it means to be Tibetan. It is a life entrenched in being Buddhist,
whether layman or monk, in exile or in the native land.

Tibetan Buddhist Life attempts to shed light on how deep the connection with
Buddhism runs in the culture, national identity and history of these proud

The book's centerpiece is vivid photography, whether from refugee camps in
India or monasteries destroyed long ago by the Chinese, along with colorful
reprints of thangkas and other religious art.

Topics include a concise accounting of history and explanations of customs,
such as how the Dalai Lama is chosen and why some sculptures are made of
butter. The reader gets an all-at-once buffet of things Tibetan.

More than coffee table art, it's a valuable resource and reference. B.Y.T.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Maintain tradition of ahimsa, says the Dalai Lama
  2. 'We Are No Monks' Premieres in Dharamsala
  3. Seven days in Tibet
  4. Chinese authorities reward police station for "safeguarding the motherland's unification and peace in the border areas"
  5. Book reviews: 'Tibetian Buddhist Life'; 'A Day in the Life of Billy Graham'

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