The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), the spiritual leader of Tibet, has lived in exile since 1959. While working to preserve the culture of his homeland, he has also served as one of the preeminent representatives of Buddhism in the West. Through his wide travels and his many bestselling books he has helped to spread the Buddhist precepts of wisdom and compassion, while also fostering peace and understanding between different religious paths. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This anthology, drawing on over twenty books, presents the essential teachings of the Dalai Lama, highlighting a message that speaks to people of all traditions.
Thomas A. Forsthoefel is chair of the religion department at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Soulsong: Seeking Holiness, Coming Home and co-editor of Gurus in America.