Latest Book by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman’s Introduction

my appealMy Appeal to the World is the 110th book published by the 14th Dalai Lama, for whom no doubt book publishing is a much-needed source of revenue for his government-in-exile.

The sub-title is In Quest of Truth and Justice on Behalf of the Tibetan People, 1961-2011.

The book consists of a collection of the fifty annual statements His Holiness has made every March 10, in commemoration of the greatest uprising of the Tibetan people against the Chinese military occupation in 1961.

“Every year his annual statement provides a summing up of the past year and an assessment of the state of the Tibetan community of exiles – including their government-in-exile, the government of the world, and the state of the planet.”

The book has an introduction by noted Buddhist scholar and translator Robert Thurman, President of Tibet House, USA. The introduction can also be read in Thurman’s podcast at I got to know and befriend Bob Thurman in the late 1960s, when we were both involved, for a short while, in Leary and Alpert’s community experiment in Millbrook, upstate New York. I respect and admire Bob Thurman for his lucid and powerful expositions of the Buddha’s teachings and for his steadfast support for the Dalai Lama’s non-violent peace mission in our time.

In his introduction, Robert Thurman writes :

“His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama has never given up seeking the (de facto if not necessarily de jure) freedom of his people and the restoration of their livelihood and culture in their homeland, and has steadfastly refused from calling for violent intervention. He even, for the last forty plus years, has maintained a “middle way” approach toward the de facto Chinese annexation of Tibet, calling for a genuine autonomy for all his people, a true freedom for Tibet within China, under a “one country, two systems” arrangement.”

The 14th Dalai Lama is one of the great world teachers of our time and in a world of escalating war, violence and environmental destruction, his calm and compassionate voice and presence are ever more relevant and inspiring.


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