DALAI LAMA, (Tenzin Gyatso)

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"My religion is simple, my religion is kindness" -- Dalai Lama

"War is outdated." -- Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso visited Seattle in 1979 and held a special audience for the representatives of the Tibetan Refugee Aid Society [TRAS], the Vancouver-based organization started by his friends George and Ingeborg Woodcock after they met him in Dharamsala, India, in 1961.

His Holiness' first visit to Vancouver the following year was organized by T.C. Tethong of Victoria, the Dalai Lama's translator upon the Dalai Lama's arrival in Dharamsala, India, following his escape from Tibet in 1959 with the help of the CIA.

Having received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989, His Holiness made his second visit to Vancouver in July of 1993, at which time he had a private meeting with the Woodcocks. He returned in April of 2004 to attend an international spiritual and learning conference at the University of British Columbia with fellow Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu of South Africa, the first black bishop of Johannesburg, and Shirin Ebadi, a voice of conscience in Iran for more than 25 years. He also received an honorary doctor of laws, honoris causa, from Simon Fraser University at Christ Church Cathedral.

For his fourth Vancouver visit in September of 2006, he planned to visit Ingeborg Woodcock, widow of George Woodcock, but she died several months earlier.

A fifth visit is scheduled for September of 2009, chiefly organized by Victor Chan of Bowen Island, author of an extensive traveller's guide to Tibet.

A monk who rises for prayer on a daily basis between four and five a.m., the Dalai Lama is also credit as being the author of numerous bestselling titles, some of which were written with the assistance of a ghost writer--others not. The major autobiographical works are My Land and My People (1962), Freedom in Exile (1991) and Ethics for the New Millennium (2001). The latter work was written by the Dalai Lama in Tibetan and translated into English.

[BCBW 2009] "Famous Visitor"

Books by the Dalai Lama
Bibliography, 1999

Website information provided by the Office of Tibet, the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in London. As of 1999.


Ancient Wisdom, Modern World - Ethics for a New Millennium -- The first major publication after the autobiography Freedom In Exile

Advice from Buddha Shakyamuni -- A brief outline and commentary on the discipline to be observed by a fully ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk.

Aryasura's Aspiration and a Meditation on Compassion -- Four texts on compassion: a bodhisattva's aspirational prayer by the Indian poet Aryasura, and its commentary by the second Dalai Lama; plus The Inseparability of the Spiritual Master and Avalokiteshvara and a talk on activating compassion, both by the present Dalai Lama.

Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart -- A practical instruction book on developing compassion in our daily lives through simple meditations that directly relate to past and present relationships.

Beyond Dogma -- His Holiness talks about the path to peace and the future of the planet, seeking to show that true enlightenment can only come from within each of us.

Bodh Gaya Interviews, His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1981-85

Buddhism of Tibet And the Key to the Middle Way. Translated by Jeffrey Hopkins

Commentary on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva -- A commentary by the Dalai Lama on the classic text by Thogmed Zangpo, given at Bodh Gaya in 1974.

Cultivating a Daily Meditation -- Two discourses in which His Holiness touches upon the essential points of the Dharma and provides a clear and simple method to cultivate a daily practice of meditation.

Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace -- A series of lectures given by His Holiness at Harvard University, providing an introduction to Buddhist theory and practice and covering a wide spectrum of important issues.

Dalai Lama's Little Book of Wisdom -- The Dalai Lama shares his perspective on such enduring themes as love, religion, justice, human rights, poverty, cultural conflict and protection of the environment.

Dialogues on Universal Responsibility and Education -- Drawn from two workshops held in New Delhi between the Dalai Lama and a group of Indian scholars, philosophers, teachers and social reformers.

Essential Teachings -- Instruction on the 37 practices for the cultivation of bodhicitta - the Mind of Enlightenment - and how these practices can be applied, particularly in Western society.

Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night -- A detailed manual of practical philosophy based on the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life.

Four Noble Truths -- Based on talks given at the London Barbican in 1996, this is an essential guide to the fundamental teaching of Buddhism.

Freedom in Exile -- The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama of Tibet

Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra, Dalai Lama / Berzin A -- Mahamudra is a system of meditation that directly addresses the habituated perception of duality, the source of all suffering. The Gelug/Kagyu tradition of Mahamudra laid out in the text presented here was formulated by the First Panchen Lama, using Kagyu-style techniques for recognising the conventional nature of the mind, and Gelug techniques for recognising its deepest nature.

Generous Wisdom: Commentaries on the Jatakamala -- A set of four teachings on the Garland of Birth Stories of the Buddha, the main theme of which is the perfection of generosity of the bodhisattvas, but which also includes the perfections of ethics and patience, dependent-arising and karma.

Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective. Translated by Thupten Jinpa

Joy of Living and Dying in Peace: Core Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

Kindness, Clarity and Insight. Translated by Hopkins J & Napper E. Talks given by the Dalai Lama in North America, speaking to people everywhere of the importance of kindness, love, and compassion.

Love, Kindness and Universal Responsibility -- A compilation of three previous works.

Meaning of Life from a Buddhist Perspective. Translated & Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins. -- Teachings on Buddhist philosophy, based on the 'Twelve Links of Dependent Arising' depicted in the famous Buddhist image of the Wheel of Life.

My Land and My People: Memoirs of the Dalai Lama -- Autobiography

My Tibet -- Personal reflections by the Tibetan leader.

Opening the Mind & Generating a Good Heart -- A concise survey of Buddhist training explaining how generating kindness is the core of the Buddha's teaching.

Path to Bliss. A Practical Guide to Stages of Meditation. Translated by Thupten Jinpa

Path to Enlightenment. Translated by Glenn H. Mullin

Policy of Kindness. An Anthology of Writings By and About the Dalai Lama

Power of Buddhism. -- Dialogues with French film writer Jean-Claude Carrière. (Published elsewhere as Violence and Compassion).

Power of Compassion -- Talks given in London

Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying

Transcendent Wisdom -- Commentary on the Ninth Chapter of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way ofLife

Union of Bliss and Emptiness -- A commentary on the Lama Chöpa guru yoga, explaining the actual practice on the basis of Guhyasamaja, the preliminaries such as self-generation on the basis of Yamantaka and the performing of offerings and so forth according to Heruka. Meant for initiates only.

Universal Responsibility and the Good Heart -- A collection of articles and interviews with the present Dalai Lama reflecting his thoughts and activities over the past twenty years.

Violence and Compassion -- Dialogues with Jean-Claude Carrière.

Way to Freedom -- A primer on Tibetan Buddhism, presented in easy-to-understand steps based on the classic Lam Rim, or 'Stages of the Path to Enlightenment' teachings.

World of Tibetan Buddhism. Translated and edited by Thubten Jinpa


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