Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an extraordinary example of a life dedicated to peace, non-violence, and unity. Why the Dalai Lama Matters explores why he has earned the world's love and respect, and how restoring Tibet's autonomy within China is not only possible, but also highly probable. The Dalai Lama could actually be China's best friend if the leadership would accept him as their ally. Since the illegal Chinese invasion of Tibet in the 1950's, Tibetans have seen their religion, language, and culture repressed, their ecosystem compromised, and systematic oppression and violence against anyone who professes loyalty to the Dalai Lama. Despite all this, the Dalai Lama has been a consistent voice for peace, offering a Middle Way Approach that has garnered accolades from the Nobel Peace Prize to the US Congressional Gold Medal.
Robert Thurman details this approach in five steps that the Chinese leadership can easily accomplish now by granting Tibet true autonomy within China, mending relations with the Dalai Lama, and dedicating the Tibetan Plateau as the world's largest environmental preserve. Tibet's future as a "zone of peace" would offer untold benefits to China, Asia and the world and elevate China to a position of true greatness in the eyes of the global community. Why the Dalai Lama Matters is not only a book about Tibet or the Dalai Lama. It offers revealing, provocative solutions for a world in conflict, dealing with the very fundamentals of human rights and freedoms.