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Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for the last three decades-a continuing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, in this insightful, impassioned book, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the most remote, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being needlessly distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his everyday humanity.Moving from Dharamsala, India-the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile-to Lhasa, Tibet, to venues in the West where the Dalai Lama's pragmatism, rigour, and scholarship are sometimes lost on an audience yearning for mystical visions, The Open Road illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.
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March 10th, 2009 will be a key date: it is the 50th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, which marks the anniversary of the Dalai Lama's flight from Lhasa in 1959. On this day, the Dalai Lama will also deliver his annual state-of-the-nation address Pico Iyer enjoyed unprecedented access to the Dalai Lama over thirty yearsThe Open Road appeared on several bestseller lists across America

About the Author

Pico Iyer is the author of six works of nonfiction and two novels. He has covered the Tibetan question for Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications for more than twenty years. He has been traveling in and around Tibetan communities and the Himalayas for more than thirty years.


'Pico Iyer's exceptionally intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama takes us beyond global celebrity image and into a true private audience with a leader of tremendous complexity.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of bestseller Eat, Pray, Love 'Pico Iyer delights, weaving with scintillating intelligence and evident fondness a spell-binding tale of the 14th Dalai Lama's uncanny power on the world stage ... This thoughtful, thought-provoking book will open readers' eyes. I couldn't put it down.' Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence 'The Open Road jumps cleverly between the Dalai Lama, the people around him and the community of exiled Tibetans based in Dharamsala.' The Sunday Times 'A thoughtful and beautifully written portrait ...[Pico Iyer does an] exemplary job of explaining the complex spiritual and political history that underpins the extraordinary institution that is the Dalai Lama, and illuminating the extraordinary man who presently occupies it.' Daily Telegraph

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