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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Reader's Diary #1842- Tetsu Saiwai: The 14th Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is one of those noteworthy figures of whom I'd normally have avoided conversations. Not because I had particularly controversial opinions on him but rather no opinion, no real knowledge about. Something about China, about Tibet. Embarrassingly, it's a historical/news story I'd not kept up on.

Tetsu Saiwai's The 14th Dalai Lama provided me a pretty good primer. Told in manga style (through westernized to read right to left), Saiwai's breakdown is pretty clearly told. (It's largely told from the Tibetan perspective though.)

I learned about his connection to Buddhism, how young he was when 1st chosen, his exile in India; all things I'd not known before. It all made for a fascinating story.

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