The story of the Dalai Lama s mother describes in her own words her feelings about her son being recognized as a living Buddha, her childhood in turn of the century Tibet, her witness to the Chinese invasion, and her observations during her son s formative years 50,000 first printing....
|Title||:||Dalai Lama, My Son: A Mother's Autobiography|
|Publisher||:||Viking Adult May 1, 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||189 pages|
|File Size||:||692 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Dalai Lama, My Son: A Mother's Autobiography Reviews
Just a wonderful and comforting book of the life of and exceptional woman
Pleasant story. Somewhat interesting if you're a fan of the Dalai Lama.
This is a great read, so good I read in two days. This book gives an honest look into a time and place long gone. I especially like how everyday topics such as marriage, birth and burial cermonies are brought to life with the words of someone who actually experienced the life. This woman was a strong lady who with stregnth and humility faced what life had to offer her.
Great stories from a woman who lived a good life. Very interesting read.
I have read this book several times. I lent it to someone and they did not return it. So my daughter got it for me for my birthday. Absolutely incredible story of the Dalai Lama's childhood and his becoming of the Dalai Lama. You will want to read it again and again. I know I do.
The memoirs of the ordinary Tibetan housewife who became the Dalai Lama's mom. Diki Tsering was illiterate, but her niece tape-recorded interviews with her before her death in 1980 and those interviews became this book. I most enjoyed the first half, where Tsering talks about her childhood and early adulthood in Tibet before the Chinese invasion. Life in that time and place was very simple and had a lot of beauty, but a lot of harshness too. Tsering writes about the bad treatment of women in Tibetan society, where a daughter-in-law was basically a slave, and widows were compelled to remarry whether they wanted to or not, and about how, of her sixteen children, nine of them did not live past infancy. Yet she clearly enjoyed her early life, surrounded by a loving family, and knowing very well her place in the world. Deprived as her existence was, she seems to have enjoyed a sense of security that the modern person's world lacks.
This is a magnificent autobigraphy. Also, a very upsetting one. The "Tibet in Exile" website claims that Tibet had women's rights. This book by the Dalai Lama's mother claims otherwise. In Amdo, which is Eastern Tibet, they had a custom that seemed to work for adultery. But not for women. The family of the woman who was the offender were required to kill her. Dike Tsering goes into more detail. Also, if a man died leaving his wife alone, she was required not to marry for three years. Then the family would conduct "secret negotiations" for profit. This caused many Tibetan women to commit suicide. The book also displays the tremendous impact of astrology. How you got married, who you married, and so forth. The astrologer was consulted on all matters of importance in the family. And there were ghosts. One ghost was resposible for the deaths of four of her children. In Lhasa, there were tremendous class distinctions! And Diki Tsering displays them simply as horrible snobs. This applys to the aristocrats who lived off their "bonded laborers". And wouldn't even call them by name. They also acted like Diki Tsering was nothing but "a farm hand". The two regents who controlled Tibet while the Dalai Lama was growing up were Reting Rinpoche and Taktra Rinpoche. Reting was the first regent, until he was supposedly assasinated by Taktra Rinpoche. The author also believes, as did the people of Tibet, that Taktra Rinpoche poinsoned her husband, the father of the Dalai Lama, because he was friends with Reting Rinpoche. Nevertheless, Reting Rinpoche was not without violence. A Tsipan Lungshar led a movemovement for reform. Reting Rinpoche had his eyes goughed out as punishment. I find the testimony of Diki Tsering very good. She is really strong and seems to speak with great truth. I believe her about the ghosts and the astrology. But about the other issues, and as a follower of Tibetan Buddhism, I am more depressed than usual! But I do feel that this is a must read for people who do want to save Tibet. We have to know our "weakspots" so that they don't come back later to haunt us. And I don't mean ghosts! Please buy and read the book. Thank you very much.