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This graphic novel biography is an introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invaded Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed hi This graphic novel biography is an introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invaded Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed him and shaped his efforts on behalf of world peace, for which he was award the Nobel Peace Prize.


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This graphic novel biography is an introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invaded Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed hi This graphic novel biography is an introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invaded Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed him and shaped his efforts on behalf of world peace, for which he was award the Nobel Peace Prize.

30 review for The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Saiwai's deft hand traces the life story of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Identified at the age of 2 as the reincarnation of the previous Lama, he and his family were moved to the spiritual capital of Lhasa, Tibet. This story briefly recounts this very early history of "Kundun", moving quickly to his adolescence, when he became both spiritual and political leader of Tibet, at age 15 in 1950, after China's invasion of Tibet. Saiwai uses a framing device for the story: the Dalai Lama, speakin Saiwai's deft hand traces the life story of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Identified at the age of 2 as the reincarnation of the previous Lama, he and his family were moved to the spiritual capital of Lhasa, Tibet. This story briefly recounts this very early history of "Kundun", moving quickly to his adolescence, when he became both spiritual and political leader of Tibet, at age 15 in 1950, after China's invasion of Tibet. Saiwai uses a framing device for the story: the Dalai Lama, speaking to a crowd in modern day, recounting the struggle of the Tibetans and his exile to Dharamsala, advocating and spreading peace and compassion. The book serves well as a starting point / primer of Tibet and the continued struggle against Chinese occupation/ destruction of the homeland. I appreciated the accessibility of a manga book telling such a weighty and important story, and I am committed to reading more about Tibet in the coming months.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Swaroop Kanti

    a very good illustrative way of learning more about the Dalai Lama... and struggles of the Tibetan people...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie Suzanne

    It was a sad story, and I did learn about the invasion of Tibet and a lot of the politics around that and the Dalai Lama's hope to some day see Tibet liberated. The graphic novel format may make the story more engaging or accessible to students who don't want to read prose about it, but it didn't do much for me. Instead of a narrative that drew me into human lives, it was more of a summary of events. The content has very little to do with Buddhism (there was room for more explanation about what It was a sad story, and I did learn about the invasion of Tibet and a lot of the politics around that and the Dalai Lama's hope to some day see Tibet liberated. The graphic novel format may make the story more engaging or accessible to students who don't want to read prose about it, but it didn't do much for me. Instead of a narrative that drew me into human lives, it was more of a summary of events. The content has very little to do with Buddhism (there was room for more explanation about what it is to be the Dalai Lama and why Tibetan people care so much about him) and focused mostly on the major events that happened in his life, which was all depressing political persecution and oppression. There is also very little about what life in Tibet was like before the Chinese Liberation Army came and imposed their will upon the Tibetans. It was one account after another of the Chinese slaughtering innocent civilians while the Dalai Lama sat helplessly by just trying to preserve and maintain their way of life through fruitless diplomacy. As a reader, I was interested in what that way of life was like. I keep reading these graphic novels because I want to find the ones that stand out to add to our collection in the library, but I keep finding myself disappointed in the lack of development of the ones I've read. Either the format doesn't lend itself to real story and character development, or I'm just finding titles whose goal is to quickly crank out a bunch of facts in the form of a narrative to allow the reader build background knowledge without truly experiencing. As with all of the ones I've read this week, I DO learn some facts and DO get an overview of the content which did make it a worthwhile read, but..... I will keep trying.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    I don't know nearly as much about the Dalai Lama as I should. But then again, a lot of people fall into that category. His is a fascinating, and deeply troubling life. Of all the people we study in my class, we study Gandhi the most. I mean, we spend a lot of time on him, India's route to independence. It would probably be good to do a comparison study of the two. To be in charge of a country at 15? A country that's being invaded by a much larger, militaristic country? And to handle it so well? The I don't know nearly as much about the Dalai Lama as I should. But then again, a lot of people fall into that category. His is a fascinating, and deeply troubling life. Of all the people we study in my class, we study Gandhi the most. I mean, we spend a lot of time on him, India's route to independence. It would probably be good to do a comparison study of the two. To be in charge of a country at 15? A country that's being invaded by a much larger, militaristic country? And to handle it so well? The book says the Scorsese film Kundun is part of the inspiration for this work. I've never seen that either. I probably should. It looks good. Trailer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    It may seem trite, but the Dalai Lama truly is one of my heroes. I'm happy that there's a quick and accessible (especially for teens, I think) version of his story. The problem is: because it's manga, it's short (which is good) but perhaps is a bit too succinct to really get down to the nitty-gritty of the entire story. I enjoyed it because I enjoy him, and I'd recommend it for manga and Dalai Lama enthusiasts alike. In the snowy mountain paradise, You’re the source of good and happiness. Powerful It may seem trite, but the Dalai Lama truly is one of my heroes. I'm happy that there's a quick and accessible (especially for teens, I think) version of his story. The problem is: because it's manga, it's short (which is good) but perhaps is a bit too succinct to really get down to the nitty-gritty of the entire story. I enjoyed it because I enjoy him, and I'd recommend it for manga and Dalai Lama enthusiasts alike. In the snowy mountain paradise, You’re the source of good and happiness. Powerful Tenzin Gyatso, Chenrezig, May you stay until samsara ends. (A long-life prayer for his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moinak Banerjee

    It was a nice glimpse about the childhood of the Dalai Lama, how he was taught by various monks at the monasteries, and how he unlike most of the children of his age, studied the doctrines rather than spending time with his parents and playing with other kids. That was a bit disheartening to read, but nonetheless, he was going through the tedious process of becoming the great spiritual leader of a nation. The manga powerfully describes the Chinese incursion into Tibet, their spurious and superfl It was a nice glimpse about the childhood of the Dalai Lama, how he was taught by various monks at the monasteries, and how he unlike most of the children of his age, studied the doctrines rather than spending time with his parents and playing with other kids. That was a bit disheartening to read, but nonetheless, he was going through the tedious process of becoming the great spiritual leader of a nation. The manga powerfully describes the Chinese incursion into Tibet, their spurious and superfluous rules which they used as their will upon the Dalai Lama, monks, ministers and citizens alike, and how millions of Tibetan citizens were massacred by them. The manga also gives a list of several movies, books, and documentaries to be seen and read (as references) in order to learn more about these issues and the perspective of Tenzin Gyatso aka the 14th Dalai Lama.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyrie

    It was a quick overview of a part of history and current events that I'm unfamiliar with. It gave me a desire to read other things to help form my own opinion. It was a quick overview of a part of history and current events that I'm unfamiliar with. It gave me a desire to read other things to help form my own opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    pinche25

    What kind of message does the author want readers to take away in the book 'the 14th Dalai Lama'? By using comics and descriptions, the author tells the story of the Dalai Lama's life with details and specific facts and reasoning to narrate Dalai Lama's life from before he was even known by that name. The author uses interesting language to convey to the audience the life of the Dalai Lama and what will he face. The author informs adolescents and young adults to learn about the major challenge What kind of message does the author want readers to take away in the book 'the 14th Dalai Lama'? By using comics and descriptions, the author tells the story of the Dalai Lama's life with details and specific facts and reasoning to narrate Dalai Lama's life from before he was even known by that name. The author uses interesting language to convey to the audience the life of the Dalai Lama and what will he face. The author informs adolescents and young adults to learn about the major challenge that the Dalai Lama faces, which is the invasion of his country by the Chinese Chairman back in the 1950s, but in the view of the Chinese, they aren't necessarily going to rule Tibet in the first place, but to capture the army in Chamdo, but with the newly established communist party, they have a bold and uneasy plan. The author informs adolescents and young adults to learn about major challenges from the Dalai Lama, which was the invasion of China, but before the invasion of China, the Chinese government made claims that Tibet is a part of China. The Chinese government mentioned that there will be an army going to Tibet. According to the book, Mao mentioned that he is going to declare something of the name of his country, he said that “Tibet is just a part of the People’s Republic of China. The liberation army will march on and emancipate its Tibetan people from the hands of the foreign imperialists.” This is a huge issue because the People’s Liberation Army in 1950 of China owns 40 thousand people but on the other side, the Tibetan army in 1950 only owns about 8500 people. This means the Tibetan army has no single chance to fight the PLA (short of an army of China). But with the help of other countries, this might happen. But no one was willing to help, and in fact, the Chinese even made it harder, they said that the Dalai signed the agreement about the Tibetan people being a part of the People’s Republic of China. The main reason that the Chinese people do this is that they realize that they need to work on the western part of China, not just only enlarging the territory, but also to support the economic need. China sees Tibet as a chance that they can have. With the help of Tibet, China can improve the level of security and the advantages in the military because Tibet is a region between China, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The Himalayan mountain range was also next to Tibet. With these advantages, the People’s liberation army attacked Chamdo on 1950, October 6. The author informs adolescents and young adults to learn about the major challenge that the Dalai Lama faces, which is the invasion of China, and to China, this is a great time to advance the disadvantage of the economy in specifically western China. In 1950, the Chinese brought their army, the People’s Liberation Army, where they are being sent to Tibet and do nothing except destroy over 6000 monasteries, killing about 1.2 million Tibetans, and thousands of them being imprisoned. At the end of the war, 13 days after the starting date, nothing was good for everyone. Their homeland was being destroyed by the Chinese government. But that was not enough for the Chinese, the Chinese Chairman, Mao Zedong use words to attack Tibet and not only on the Dalai Lama but forcing the people of Tibet and the country Tibet to be a part of China, for its sake of improving the country’s economy, which was not being mentioned to the Tibetan people with the real plan of China. In 1951, the seventeen-point agreement was being signed, not by the Dalai Lama, but Ngapoi was the one who has signed. Although the Tibetan government thought Ngapoi was being forced, it was not, it was because Ngapoi thinks that Tibet can not resist the attacks from China and not being able to get help from other foreign countries, and some conditions benefit Tibet too, so Ngapoi signed it. The author informs adolescents and young adults to learn about the major challenge that the Dalai Lama faces, which is the invasion of China, but that wasn’t the worst after all, but the journey he begins after his homeland being destroyed. After Ngapoi signed the agreement, some events happen, some necessary, some not, but most of all, it’s not what has happened, it’s the effect that it brought to people. After the 2500 anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment, the Dalai Lama went back to Tibet, as the situation there worst and worst, there are some rumors come from China and passed on to here in Tibet. The rumor about someone is going to kidnap the Dalai Lama, people in the capital, Lhasa, the citizens have gone exploded. People were furious for a large amount of time. The unrest of the citizens and others caused no communication between the two countries. On March 17, 1959, at night Dalai Lama disguised as a Tibetan soldier and left Tibet by the cover of the dark, they crossed the Himalayan mountain and arrive in India by March 31. As the life of exile begins, the Dalai Lama now lives in Dharamshala, India, a former British hill station in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. At that place, the Dalai Lama and other teachers kept the culture of Tibet by teaching the new generations their way of living and the teachings they have. As time passed, they have established farming communities and monasteries. At the beginning of this exile life, the Dalai Lama to me was more focused on being safe and staying away from the Chinese. Dalai Lama didn’t travel much or indeed no traveling, but what he did was publish books of his own like an autobiography and one about the religion, like the teachings of Buddha explained by Dalai Lama himself. As time passes, most people might have forgotten about this massive issue caused by the Chinese, so the Dalai Lama begins a wide range of traveling by 1973, where he first visited America, then more and more countries. As he travels, he’s not only being a tourist, he was sharing his experiences as a spiritual leader and a teacher as in the way of speech in different colleges and universities. And by this chance, he met a variety of different people including the political and spiritual leaders, one just like him. His goal wasn’t just necessary to share his experience, as I mentioned before, people might have forgotten about this important historical event, so the Dalai Lama was trying to build and sustain the awareness of the world-wide community about the issue Tibet is in now. By this, people can help Tibet all over the world, unlike last time. In 1988, the Dalai Lama went to a session of the European Parliament, he briefly talked about Tibet is an area of China but Tibet has its specific system to run the area. But the Dalai Lama mentioned that Tibet is not an independent country, but not completely in the control of China, which the Dalai Lama named ‘The Middle Way Approach’, meaning that there is still a difference between Tibet as in an area and Tibet as in a country. Messages and ideas that the author gives us are usually from the perspective of the Dalai Lama, from the first-person point of view. So the author hopes the readers like us to know more about the life of the Dalai Lama in detail, with supporting details, the images. By those challenges that the Dalai Lama has faced, I learned that we have to take care of now, and enjoy what we have. Even if next second, China is invading, take on what you have, do your best. With no help from other countries, the Dalai Lama himself faces challenges such as the loss of homeland, being forced to be a part of China, and being an exile, he never said no, he did the best he could with all of his things. He went to India with these families, teachers, and his helpers. What can he do, sitting in the palace and wait for China to come and fight them? No, he can’t, he has to be courageous enough. All of his understanding of something helps him to improve his life. I agree with that. He’s not like others, have to decide on things without consequences, as a leader, he has to think of things in a good way and in a bad way, which made him the true leader. The legacy of the Dalai Lama to me is just like how he thinks about different things, how he treats people or even an object, all these things can build one’s characteristics and remain the best of one. Like what the Dalai Lama did, he has a strong foundation about his understanding of different things, which makes him the ‘leader of Tibet’, not just spiritual, but physical. The author informs adolescents and young adults to learn about the major challenge that the Dalai Lama faces, which is the invasion of his country by the Chinese Chairman back in the 1950s, but in the view of the Chinese, they aren't necessarily going to rule Tibet in the first place, but to capture the army in Chamdo, but with the newly established communist party, they have a bold and uneasy plan. At first, the Chinese government said that Tibet is an area of China’s, which made the Tibetan people furious, but the next word from China made everyone shocked, they mentioned that there is an army, the People’s Liberation Army is going to be attacking Tibet. Days after, the PLA (army of China), is in Tibet, where they first fought in Chamdo and took a very fast victory with the number of people participating in the army of each country. The reason why China wanted Tibet, the land, so badly is because of the advantages in the landscape, this part of the land area is connected to several countries with the Himalayan mountain range supporting. This was also a plan of improving the economic problem in the western part of China. One day, the Chinese government announced that Tibet has signed the seventeen-point agreement for the peace of Tibet and China, which of course, was rejected by the Tibetan government, but the fact that Ngapoi, one of the governors, had signed the paper without the permission of the Dalai Lama, for the benefits of both countries and war stops. As time passes, rumors begin to come out, some said that Mao Zedong (Chinese Chairman) is going to kill the Dalai Lama, which made people so mad, where the Dalai Lama begins his life of exile in India with his families, teachers, and helpers. Until now, the Dalai Lama is still in India. But he did do something else like publish books and give speeches all around the world, all that he is trying to do is to enlarge the awareness of people from the history and the future, not only interpreting but what is still happening now in Tibet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raquel

    Wow I really loved this short read! I never realized how ignorant I was about the plight of Tibet. Free Tibet!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dennan Wang

    I thought this book wasn't amazing or great, it's just very bland. The book focuses on trying to inform people about the 14th Dalai Lama and who he is but that makes this very not engaging or entertaining. Even though it focuses on informing people, it doesn't do a very good job on it too. I thought this book wasn't amazing or great, it's just very bland. The book focuses on trying to inform people about the 14th Dalai Lama and who he is but that makes this very not engaging or entertaining. Even though it focuses on informing people, it doesn't do a very good job on it too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek

    A very nice read regarding the life of the 14th Dalai Lama which tells his story from his early years till the time he left Tibet to seek asylum in India. Even though the story is told in comic form, yet the matter is given the respect it deserves. The storyline is descriptive enough for someone who is studying the life of the Dalai Lama for the first time. The complexities of the Tibet-China relations are explained in an easy to understand manner. The illustrations are very nice and are in compl A very nice read regarding the life of the 14th Dalai Lama which tells his story from his early years till the time he left Tibet to seek asylum in India. Even though the story is told in comic form, yet the matter is given the respect it deserves. The storyline is descriptive enough for someone who is studying the life of the Dalai Lama for the first time. The complexities of the Tibet-China relations are explained in an easy to understand manner. The illustrations are very nice and are in complete sync with the story being told. The moods and the situations of the story are beautifully captured by the illustrations. All in all a very nice read for someone trying to get an introduction to the life of the Dalai Lama and the Tibet-China conflict. Don't expect the book to go into the minutest details as this book is meant to be the ultimate authority on the subject.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Poyhua25

    “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” A quote from the 14th Dalai Lama, the book will take you into the world of such a wise person and readers will be able to look at things from his perspective. The 14th Dalai Lama is the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, also known as Lhamo Thondup. He is famously known around the globe for his advocacy of Buddhism and of the rights of Tibet. This graphic novel will be a new way of getting to know one of the world “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” A quote from the 14th Dalai Lama, the book will take you into the world of such a wise person and readers will be able to look at things from his perspective. The 14th Dalai Lama is the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, also known as Lhamo Thondup. He is famously known around the globe for his advocacy of Buddhism and of the rights of Tibet. This graphic novel will be a new way of getting to know one of the world’s most beloved spiritual leaders. The book shows the Dalai Lama's journey of becoming an icon of Tibet and his decisions in stopping the Chinese. The book will take you into the history of Tibet with the author's intention and tone. The author makes it really easy for readers to understand the Dalai Lama's ideas and beliefs by the way the Dalai Lama is portrayed in the book. In the book, the author uses a lot of juxtaposition to compare and contrast two characters’ emotions and symbolism to represent the Chinese. To start off the analysis, I will be discussing how Tibet’s history was shown and presented in the graphic novel. In the book, Tibet has been shown as very weak and throughout the book, China has been dominating and taking over Tibet. For example, on this page, it is obvious that the Tibetian has no chance to fight back due to the size of the army. I think this could be because the author wants to set up for the main conflict. This can be used to juxtapose how strong the Chinese army was and how weak the Tibetian were. As shown in the book, the soldiers are holding up portraits of Mao with pride and it shows that their beliefs in Mao Zedong were a bit crazy while all Tibetan people are frowning and it shows that they feel oppressed. The book also focuses a lot on the process of the 14th Dalai Lama becoming the 14th Dalai Lama. In the book, it shows that Lhamo Thondup became the 14th Dalai Lama when he was 2 years old. But according to the Dalai Lama’s official website, it says that he was selected as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939, which was when he was about 4 years old. The book also shows a lot about Tibet’s history by showing the readers what the 14th Dalai Lama had to go through at such a young age. For example, the book shows that the 14th Dalai Lama had to maintain a country at such a young age and he was still able to maintain it at such a great level. I think the author did this because the author wants to show how tough it was to maintain a country by taking us through the history of what happened to Tibet and what makes the 14th Dalai Lama so successful as it is to today. This also shows why people are worshipping the 14th Dalai Lama, how much he has accomplished and how inspiring he is to the Tibetan people. The last point that will be discussed is the Dalai Lama’s beliefs and the way he is portrayed in the graphic novel. In the graphic novel, the Dalai Lama is very serious and mature about the freedom of Tibet and how he can help to make this a better world. But from his social media, we can tell that he also likes to mess around and this shows that he is a fun person and a specific picture can tell us that he is very friendly, which is also shown in the book. I think the author purposely described the 14th Dalai Lama like this because the author wants to build a serious tone throughout the book, which I think is important because this is a biography. The author doesn’t want to disrespect what people call “the holiness” by any means and he makes it really clear that the tone is to inform. I think there are benefits and disadvantages to the way the author portrays the main character. The benefits being that readers can understand the book a bit better and that this makes it more factual. The disadvantages are that this makes the book less entertaining and less engaging. Throughout the book, I feel like the author thinks the main message is how well the 14th Dalai Lama is able to maintain the country at such a young age and how he saved Tibet with his decision-making. Even though I agree with the author, I think the main message should be more about how he fought for the freedom of Tibet and the process of it, which also brings to the topic of his legacy. I think the legacy of the 14th Dalai Lama is about how important he was as a figure for the freedom and rights of the Tibetian people and Buddhism. Even though the book was very informative, it still had a lot of aspects that can be improved. For example, the book isn’t very engaging, especially for a younger audience that needs to build interest. I feel like the book was more of a summary of events, it lacks creativity and much character development. The book was very bland and it could have explained more about Buddhism and why the Chinese wanted to take over Tibet. In conclusion, this book is a very informative and simple book that emphasizes the main message about how the main character was able to maintain the country at such a young age. The book showed the history of Tibet by showing us what the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibet had to go through throughout history and it showed us how Tibet was able to survive the invasion of China. The book also talks a lot about the process of becoming the 14th Dalai Lama, this includes how he was selected at such a young age and the decisions he had to make in order to fight for the freedom of Tibet. Lastly, the book portrayed the 14th Dalai Lama as a very serious and patriotic person. This can be used to compare and contrast with the 14th Dalai Lama in-person because through his social media, we can tell that he also likes to play pranks on people. Even though the book was very informative, it lacks some aspects of creativity and engagement. This book taught me a lot about what happened during the time period, but it could have definitely been better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Feiyenwawa

    Who is the Dalai Lama? Is freedom important? “The 14th Dalai Lama” was a great book, it was written by Tetsu Saiwai, and it clearly introduces what the Dalai Lama is. The author uses a fun, attractive graphic novel to describe a very serious topic, freedom. I think the whole book was very inspirational. The whole novel is talking about the career/life of the 14th Dalai Lama, the things that he did, the problems he faced, the decisions he made, and his own personality. Freedom often appears in th Who is the Dalai Lama? Is freedom important? “The 14th Dalai Lama” was a great book, it was written by Tetsu Saiwai, and it clearly introduces what the Dalai Lama is. The author uses a fun, attractive graphic novel to describe a very serious topic, freedom. I think the whole book was very inspirational. The whole novel is talking about the career/life of the 14th Dalai Lama, the things that he did, the problems he faced, the decisions he made, and his own personality. Freedom often appears in the book too. I agree that freedom is a really important topic. In the book, the Chinese government uses the military to force Tibet to be part of their country. The Tibetans can’t fight back because they don’t have support and resources. At last, the Chinese government killed most of the Tibetans because they refuse to be part of China. I think that no freedom shouldn’t exist in today's world, everyone has their own rights and their own mind, people shouldn’t get controlled by their government or their country. Freedom doesn’t exist in Tibet. The chinese government and Mr. Mao treats the Tibetans badly. This is a panel in the book. The scene shows that the chinese government uses the military to force the Tibetans to be part of China. At that time, the Tibetans didn't have any rights to refuse China, and at last most of the Tibetans got killed because they didn’t cooperate. I’m sure that freedom is very important to every person. In this panel, it shows that the Tibetans can’t use their own way to grow their crops, they need to use the way the Chinese government told them to. The chinese government even decides what the Tibetans should grow, and not the Tibetans decide for themselves. The Dalai Lama said that if the chinese government keeps dictating them, then the traditions and identities of Tibet will be lost. The evidence shows that the Tibetans don’t have the rights to make decisions for themselves, so they don’t feel free. I agree with the Tibetans, I think that people should have the right to decide what they want to grow or how they want to produce it. The 14th Dalai Lama has a long and bright legacy even though he didn’t successfully save the Tibetans out of the control of the chinese government. This is a panel in the book. It shows that the 14th Dalai Lama got respect from the Tibetans. But before all of the respect, what actually happened? The 14th Dalai Lama was a very special kid, and he was a leader of Tibet when he was very very young. The whole book talks about his career, what did he do when he was a kid, and what he did when he became more mature and older. The decisions he makes and the things he does for his citizens are worth it to everyone to respect him. According to the website “Buddist Art News”, they wrote a paragraph about the main theme and the message the book wants to represent. The writer of the paragraph agrees that Mr. Mao is using the military to force the Tibetans, and the Tibetans don’t have any rights or freedom to refuse the chinese government or to fight back, and the result at last is most of the Tibetans got killed. The paragraph also mentions that the 14th Dalai Lama was a very special kid from his childhood, although he wins everyone’s respect and had a bright legacy, but he was actually really lonely for the whole of his life, and he wants to be like the other kids to play around instead of being the leader, he had a lot more pressure than the kids that are the same age as him. But still, the pressure doesn’t make him fell, the pressure makes the 14th Dalai Lama a good leader. The website supports me because I also think that using the military to force other people. This is evidence from the book. I think that the chinese government is being unfair to the Tibetans, and I agree that the Tibetans were treated unfairly and poorly because they don’t have their own rights and freedom. I also agree that the Dalai Lama has a bright legacy, he is very responsible, loyal, and thoughtful to his country. I think that the Dalai Lama’s legacy is to help the Tibetans to get free from the chinese government. Although he didn’t succeed, the attitude and the decisions he has make everyone respect him. He will do anything to keep his citizens safe and happy even though he might get in danger. His spirit is legacy, which is the main idea of the whole book. “The 14th Dalai Lama” was an inspirational book. The whole book represents two main topics, freedom and the career of the Dalai Lama. I think the author wants to use the career of the Dalai Lama to explain to the readers how important freedom is. I agree with the author, I think that freedom is very important to every person, we need to have our own rights and our own decisions. I also think that the Dalai Lama is an example of a good leader being, I think that every country should have a leader that is like the Dalai Lama. Although the book gives the audience a lot of serious topics and messages, the book was actually pretty interesting and fun. I think it was a really great book. Here are the citations- Saiwai, Tetsu. The 14th Dalai Lama. Penguin Books, 2010. Anonymous. “The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga biography.” Publishers Weekly, https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-.... (2020/11/19). Anonymous. “Review: The 14th Dalai Lama – a manga biography” Buddist Art News, https://buddhistartnews.wordpress.com.... (2010/9/28)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hiiiii

    “The 14th Dalai Lama” is written by Tetsu Saiwai, the messages that he wants the reader to take away in this book are responsibility and freedom. The author delivers this message throughout the book by writing it from a child’s perspective. Lhamo Thondup used to be Dalai Lama’s original name, the moment he’s chosen to be the “holiness” he’s taking the responsibility of Tibet. He is a religious and political leader, the person who stood up for nonviolent opposition to China’s occupation of Tibet. “The 14th Dalai Lama” is written by Tetsu Saiwai, the messages that he wants the reader to take away in this book are responsibility and freedom. The author delivers this message throughout the book by writing it from a child’s perspective. Lhamo Thondup used to be Dalai Lama’s original name, the moment he’s chosen to be the “holiness” he’s taking the responsibility of Tibet. He is a religious and political leader, the person who stood up for nonviolent opposition to China’s occupation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama has been exiled from China since 1959 after failing to fight back China’s occupation. In this book, Tetsu Saiwai uses the perspective of His Holiness to tell readers about responsibility, he carries this message by writing how Dalai Lama tried his best to protect the citizens and Tibet even though it is dangerous for him. Freedom is also a message that can be seen repeatedly throughout the book by looking at how Tibetans have been protesting and fighting back against China for them to have freedom. Freedom is a situation in which they have the opportunity to speak for themselves or take action to express themselves without getting controlled or limited. However, there’s never freedom in Tibet after China’s invasion of Tibet, Dalai Lama has been exiled from China because he has been promoting Tibetans independence. The panel below is about Tibetans who have been fighting for their freedom will get punished by the Chinese troops with violence, the author uses this kind of scene to tell the reader about freedom is important for every human in the world, if people don’t have the freedom it means they have to follow the government’s rule and all of their actions are limited. This panel also shows that the Chinese use the monastery in Kham (monasteries are very important to the people in Tibet because it’s where monks live) to threaten Tibetans who are fighting for freedom. From these two panels it show’s the perspective of the author and how he wants to tell every reader that freedom is an important thing for human by writing this book. Responsibility is another message that Testsu Saiwai wants readers to take away from the graphic novel. Since China invaded Tibet over 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 temples have been destroyed, and a large number of Tibetans have been imprisoned by the Chinese government because they refuse to support China. In this panel, Tibet has been invaded by China, a huge amount of people have died under the Chinese troops. Monks have been telling Dalai Lama to leave quickly so he won’t get in danger but he thinks he has the responsibility to protect everyone. After Dalai Lama left Tibet, the first thing that he did is going to the refugee camp, this panel shows that he is a very responsible person the moment he became the 14th Dalai Lama he knows that he has an obligation to lead and protect Tibet. According to Booklist, “Readers, especially teenagers, will wonder what they would have done if they had such power and responsibility thrust upon them at such a young age.”, Booklist showed that teenagers who are reading this manga biography will start realizing the importance of being responsible and think about what they action they would take if they have these responsibilities. I agree with the two ideas and messages of the author because every panel that I saw from the graphic novel showed me what it would be like if there is no freedom and let me learn that freedom is a significant thing, people should have the right to fight back for freedom. His message of responsibility also let me realize that it’s so important to be responsible not only for ourselves but for our family and friends too. From what I’ve read about his holiness in this book, his legacy is that he didn’t give up on fighting back for a “zone of peace” and human rights to protect the Tibetans and his country Dalai Lama still advocates for freedom independence of Tibet and he always treats people the same way equally. Freedom and responsibility are the messages that Tetsu Saiwai, the author of the 14th Dalai Lama trying to tell the reader. The author illustrates the conflict of running away from Tibet for the Tibetans to show that they don’t have any freedom since the Chinese invaded Tibet. The panels in the graphic novel give vivid examples of what really happened in history in Tibet. There is a scene in the graphic novel where the Dalai Lama refused to leave Tibet but all of the monks told him to leave because he might get in dangered, this scene shows that he is very responsible for his country and once he left Tibet for India, the first thing he did is going to the refugee camp. This scene shows that the Dalai Lama treats the people in his country respectfully and responsibly, all though he left Tibet he still cares about everyone. I agree with both the message of freedom and responsibility, people should have the right to express themselves in different ways by culture, identity, religion, etc. The 14th Dalai Lama should be remembered as the person who leads Tibetans to fight for freedom and peace and is a role model for people to look up to. Teenagers could learn a lot from his holiness from the actions that he has taken in the graphic novel and how the way he leads people at such a young age. As a result, the 14th Dalai Lama has strong leadership, is responsible, and also a legend who fight for peace and freedom.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is an interesting little manga version of the Dalai Lama's story. It's pretty simply rendered, but it tells the incredible story of this man, who has held to the ideal of peace and nonviolence in the face of incredible brutality. A quick read and probably a good introduction to this very interesting man. This is an interesting little manga version of the Dalai Lama's story. It's pretty simply rendered, but it tells the incredible story of this man, who has held to the ideal of peace and nonviolence in the face of incredible brutality. A quick read and probably a good introduction to this very interesting man.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This was an enjoyable, yet very depressing, GO on the D.L. His story is well known, but what I want to know is how America justified Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others, but has never been able to help out the Tibetan people? I think we know the reasons why - no oil, political, or financial gain to be made from an extremely poor people. Up with Kundun!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    I really enjoyed this manga style biographical novel. It was a fast and informative read. It sparked my interest so much that I found myself looking up photographs and information that had been covered in the book. If you want to learn more about the Dalai Lama or the struggle in Tibet, this is definitely the book for you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    James

    A graphic novel on the 14th Dalai Lama (hence the clever title). It tells the story of his selection and training, and Tibet's invasion by the PRC, resulting in his eventual exile. Gives a nice historical overview. This book is light on Buddhism and explores more the struggle for independence and freedom for Tibet. A graphic novel on the 14th Dalai Lama (hence the clever title). It tells the story of his selection and training, and Tibet's invasion by the PRC, resulting in his eventual exile. Gives a nice historical overview. This book is light on Buddhism and explores more the struggle for independence and freedom for Tibet.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Name

    1. Introduction and Thesis Statement Do you know why is The 14th Dalai Lama important? What are his legacies? In this analysis, you will receive an answer to every question you have. The 14th Dalai Lama is a biography written by Tetsu Saiwai, summarizing the 14th Dalai Lama’s life. This includes his legacies, morals, and other important life events. In The 14th Dalai Lama, the author wants readers to receive the message of not fighting back and solving conflicts peacefully. While this moral is vi 1. Introduction and Thesis Statement Do you know why is The 14th Dalai Lama important? What are his legacies? In this analysis, you will receive an answer to every question you have. The 14th Dalai Lama is a biography written by Tetsu Saiwai, summarizing the 14th Dalai Lama’s life. This includes his legacies, morals, and other important life events. In The 14th Dalai Lama, the author wants readers to receive the message of not fighting back and solving conflicts peacefully. While this moral is virtuous, it can lead to a lot of deaths before successfully resolving the problem. This theme is presented through motifs in the graphic novel where the Dalai Lama always flees from the war, but it can include more literary devices to better present the message(i.e. metaphors, similes, juxtaposition). 2. First Point Supporting the Thesis To begin with, in The 14th Dalai Lama, the author wants readers to receive the message of not fighting back and solving conflicts peacefully. In this book, there is a lot of evidence showing this message. For example, (Page 1. The 14th Dalai Lama fleeing Tibet.) and (Page 2. The 14th Dalai Lama leaving Lhasa.). From these two pages, we can see The 14th Dalai Lama always chose to avoid battles and never actually rebelled. From this motif, it is clear that the author is trying to bring out the theme of not fighting back or resolving problems without violence. (Page 1. The 14th Dalai Lama fleeing Tibet.) (Page 2. The 14th Dalai Lama leaving Lhasa.) 3. Second Point Supporting the Thesis Then, while this moral is virtuous, it can lead to a lot of deaths before successfully resolving the problem. As the 14th Dalai Lama was trying to promote this moral, it could sacrifice a lot of lives before succeeding. For example, (Page 3. Genocide of Tibetans.) and (Page 4. Death of Panchen Lama.) show evidence of this message. From (Page 3…), we can see the enemies were using weapons, trying to kill as many people as they can in this region. Later, on (Page 4…), even a very important Tibetan lost his life for trying to promote the figure of the Dalai Lama. (Page 3. Genocide of Tibetans.) (Page 4. Death of Panchen Lama.) 4. Third Point Supporting the Thesis Last, this theme is presented through motifs in the graphic novel where the Dalai Lama always flees from the war, but it can include more literary devices to better present the message(i.e. metaphors, similes, juxtaposition). On a lot of pages, the author kept on using the same literary devices such as symbolism and motif. As you can see on pages, for example, (Page 5. Death of The 13th Dalai Lama.) as well as (Page 6. Symbol of The 14th Dalai Lama.), the author was using the literary devices mentioned above repeatedly. On (Page 5…), the author used onomatopoeia, which was used on a lot of other pages as well. Then, on (Page 6…), the author used foreshadowing of how this clue leads to the new-born Dalai Lama, The 14th Dalai Lama. Motifs were also used on these two pages as one symbolizes the importance of Dalai Lama(The 13th Dalai Lama’s dead lead to people’s sadness), while the other symbolizes the strength of the reincarnated Dalai Lama that provides signs of his position. Though, the author barely used similes or metaphors in this book, which made the book boring and uneasy to absorb the messages. (Page 5. Death of The 13th Dalai Lama.) (Page 6. Symbol of The 14th Dalai Lama.) 5. Your Opinion The main and only message in this book is convincing you to resolve conflicts peacefully. While this message is positive, I can only partially agree with it as the enemy could abuse this peace and take advantage of it. Take examples from this book, when the war began, there were some deaths already; though, The 14th Dalai Lama decided to peacefully solve this problem. Then, at nearly the end of this story, a lot of Tibetans got executed while they were fleeing from their home country to a refuge. From these two events, we can see that using this method to resolve wars resulted in numerous deaths before succeeding. Even though this method still settled the conflict at the end of this story, a lot of resources were lost during the process; therefore, they should timely get support from foreign countries or rebel and fight for their rights. Other than the message, I think the legacies of The 14th Dalai Lama are how he saved the rest of the Tibetans from the attack of China and helping the Japanese refugees. Even though the message is not something I can agree on, the legacies are good and made the Dalai Lama a very generous, valuable, sacred being. 6. Conclusion In conclusion, The 14th Dalai Lama is convincing a positive and virtuous message, pacifism, but I can only partially agree with it because of its costs(deaths, resources, money). While the author is informing the readers, the story was lacking literary devices(such as similes and metaphors as well as juxtapositions); therefore, the novel was less interesting, which makes the readers uneasy to finish the book and receive the message. Citations Cite Your Graphic Novel Saiwai, Tetsu. The 14th Dalai Lama. Penguin, 2010. Cite at Least One Outside Source “Dalai Lama Begins Exile.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 21 July 2010, www.history.com/this-day-in-history/d....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Boersma

    Very simply done, does not explore issues very deeply. However, this work does help make the story of Tibet and the 14th Dalai Lama very accessible to those who not otherwise be aware. A "gateway text" that hopefully encourages readers to explore the tragedy further. Very simply done, does not explore issues very deeply. However, this work does help make the story of Tibet and the 14th Dalai Lama very accessible to those who not otherwise be aware. A "gateway text" that hopefully encourages readers to explore the tragedy further.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vinay Keerthi

    Beautiful art and a straightforward story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Celche25

    From the book, there are many scenes where many people from Potala Palace became the mentor, or the private tutor for the 14th Dalai Lama just to lead his training such as training in religious austerity, holy script, and many more. The 14th Dalai Lama has become one of the important and spiritual leaders of Tibet, so people made a website for the 14th Dalai Lama with the biography and stories of him, “His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet”. According to the website, he began his education j From the book, there are many scenes where many people from Potala Palace became the mentor, or the private tutor for the 14th Dalai Lama just to lead his training such as training in religious austerity, holy script, and many more. The 14th Dalai Lama has become one of the important and spiritual leaders of Tibet, so people made a website for the 14th Dalai Lama with the biography and stories of him, “His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet”. According to the website, he began his education journey at the age of 6, he had learned the knowledge from the Nalanda tradition, where it consisted of five major and five minor subjects. After many years of studying, he has finally passed his final examination in Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple where it is the highest educational degree in the philosophy of Buddhist. He had worked a long way in order to pass his final examination, which requires much help from not only his tutors/teachers but also people around him. The book is about the biography of the 14th Dalai Lama, so the author has included a lot of information about him trying to inform the reader that his holiness is an important leader these days. From many parts of the book, the author included information such as quotes, inspirational stories that will make the readers think of the 14th Dalai Lama as a great leader who has helped Tibet and possibly even the world. By looking at the back cover of the book, there is a quote from the 14th Dalai Lama saying that “Because violence can only breed more violence and suffering, our struggle must remain non-violent and free of hatred.” From this quote, we can tell that the message that is trying to deliver through the quote is violence won’t always solve the problem it will just lead to more problems that could lead to more violence and suffering for people. Where it is showing that the 14th Dalai Lama is a great leader since he is trying to stop the violence happening around the world. From the book, the author might try to deliver the message of sharing the story and the life experiences of the main character, and also the journey of how he became the great leader of the country. Or also sharing some life lessons that the reader could probably learn from reading the graphic novel. I agree with the part where the author is trying to share the story of the 14th Dalai Lama because this book is a biography manga of the 14th Dalai Lama. And by reading through the whole graphic novel, the reader could tell that the reason that the author wrote this book is probably just to inform the reader about the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. I also agree with the part where the author is trying to teach the reader many life lessons through the graphic novel, such as the part in the book where there is a war happening between China and Tibet. By looking at this event, the author might be trying to inform the life lesson of how violence wouldn’t always solve the problems. Since by looking inside the book, the problem between Tibet and China where whether or not Tibet belongs China still hasn’t got solved after having a war between the two countries.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cry Wu 25

    “The best leader had the best consideration. They really care about their people” – Brian Tracy. Tetsu Saiwai, the author of the graphic novel The 14th Dalai Lama wanted to inform the readers about Dalai Lama’s life and personality. Dalai Lama was the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism. The book clearly showed how the author wants the reader to understand that the 14th Dalai Lama is loyal, respectful, and responsible to his people by showing Dalai Lama’s behavior and decisions made throughout his lif “The best leader had the best consideration. They really care about their people” – Brian Tracy. Tetsu Saiwai, the author of the graphic novel The 14th Dalai Lama wanted to inform the readers about Dalai Lama’s life and personality. Dalai Lama was the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism. The book clearly showed how the author wants the reader to understand that the 14th Dalai Lama is loyal, respectful, and responsible to his people by showing Dalai Lama’s behavior and decisions made throughout his life of being a leader. The author shows Dalai Lama’s loyalty to his people throughout the graphic novel by describing his decisions made by him while facing problems. In the graphic novel, Tibet was attacked by the Chinese military. After that, the graphic novel showed that Dalai Lama went to the refugee camp since he cared a lot about his people. Usually, a leader like Dalai Lama would not go to a refugee camp because of safety concerns. At the same time, Dalai Lama was also the target of the Chinese, these factors created a greater risk for him to visit the refugee camp. In this case, Dalai Lama really cared a lot about his people. Also, it showed that he’s loyal to them even though this could get Dalai Lama in greater trouble. The author also showed Dalai Lama being respectful to everyone. According to Dalai Lama, “Peace has a great deal to do with warm-heartedness and respect for the lives of others, avoiding doing them harm and regarding their lives as being as precious as our own.” [1] Dalai Lama worked toward gaining freedom and happiness for his people throughout his life, he respected every person he met. The book also conveyed how Dalai Lama felt responsible for his people. He often wanted to stay when his people were attacked by outsiders. From many discussions and panels in the graphic novel, he always looks after his people to make sure that they were not having a hard time. In the image below, Dalai Lama thought that it was the leader’s mission to keep people in a cheerful mood. Dalai Lama thought that keeping his people in a friendly environment is his responsibility, which rare leaders have this idea. I agree with the author’s messages to the readers because the evidence in the books clearly shows that Dalai Lama was a kind-hearted person especially for a leader with such great power over his people. I think Dalai Lama created a positive legacy if the person is viewing him in a specific direction. For example, people should learn about Dalai Lama’s loyalty, responsibility, and respect towards anyone. Citations: Saiwai, Tetsu. The 14th Dalai Lama. Penguin Group, 2010. [1] Abhishek, P. (2020, May 20). 14 quotes on 'respect' by His Holiness Dalai Lama. https://mindfultibet.com/14-quotes-re...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meepelous

    While it appears as if this is the only work by Tetsu Saiwai to have been translated/published in English so far, rest assured that according to his Penguin profile he has also written other educational material dealing with human rights and the environment. The visual presentation of this work is extremely good. Tetsu deserves a lot of credit for being able to make this book both extremely interesting and extremely readable. A true all ages introduction to the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. One of While it appears as if this is the only work by Tetsu Saiwai to have been translated/published in English so far, rest assured that according to his Penguin profile he has also written other educational material dealing with human rights and the environment. The visual presentation of this work is extremely good. Tetsu deserves a lot of credit for being able to make this book both extremely interesting and extremely readable. A true all ages introduction to the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. One of the key ways I feel like Tetsu was able to accomplish this visually was through the use of subtle visual characterization on top of a strict balance between simple and clean character design and more intricate backgrounds. This meant that the characters popped off the page. The page layouts for the manga are also pretty simple and easy to follow, but the eye towards dramatic framing meant that I couldn't actually put this thing down. The Dalai Lama's life has certainly not been boring, but I do feel like some people might have been tempted to create something less action oriented since he is such an active proponent of peace etc. A lot of the negative reviews about this book seem to focus on the fact that it doesn't cover this or that in as much detail as the reader was expecting. As a fairly introductory text, I feel like it's important to keep in mind that any one thing cannot be all things to all people. Plus there is a decent bibliography listed in the back for deeper digging. Since this is such an unquestioningly positive view of the 14th Dalai Lama I did end up googling "who hates the Dalai Lama" just to be sure I was getting the whole story. Based off of the content of the manga I was not surprised to find that a majority of the results were about China, and I don't feel like that was glossed over in the manga. Otherwise, there seems to be a group in the USA that thinks he is a Muslim in league with Nazis. I was actually a bit surprised that this was the closest thing to a conspiracy theory I did find. But even after that google search, I would certainly not call myself any sort of expert on that exactly.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography is a biographical graphic novel written and illustrated by Tetsu Saiwai. It chronicles the life of His Holiness and his notable escape from Tibet. Tenzin Gyatso (Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born: Lhamo Thondup), the 14th Dalai Lama and current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug School, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was formally headed by the Ganden Tripas. From the time of the 5th Dalai Lama to 195 The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography is a biographical graphic novel written and illustrated by Tetsu Saiwai. It chronicles the life of His Holiness and his notable escape from Tibet. Tenzin Gyatso (Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born: Lhamo Thondup), the 14th Dalai Lama and current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug School, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was formally headed by the Ganden Tripas. From the time of the 5th Dalai Lama to 1959, the central government of Tibet, the Ganden Phodrang, invested the position of Dalai Lama with temporal duties. The graphic novel starts in calamity in 1939 with the passing of Thubeten Gyasto, the 13th Dalai Lama, and the locating of his reincarnation in two-year-old Tenzin Gyatso. Saiwai moves quickly through the major signposts of Tenzin's life. Drama is maximized with bellowing mouths and frequent exclamations of rage or despair as the ancient mountain kingdom of Tibet falls to the crushing dictatorial oppression of Mao's China. Eventually it is revealed that the story is styled mostly as an autobiographical speech delivered by Tenzin to an adoring multinational crowd. The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography is wonderfully written and constructed graphic novel. With a deft hand, Saiwai recounts the life of His Holiness in a quick narrative. His simplistic illustrations capture the narrative rather well and bring life to the text. All in all, The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography is a wonderfully constructed biographical graphic novel about a monk and spiritual leader in exile.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is a lovely little book which I stumbled across in my local Kinokuniya (a Japanese bookstore chain). As the title states, this is a biography of the current reincarnation of the Dalai Lama presented in manga form. The illustrations are endearing and powerful, particularly when presenting the Dalai Lama's childhood as a youngster surrounded by older monks, his parents, and advisors. The story of the Dalai Lama's life is told in a very straightforward and simple way, but the issues surroundin This is a lovely little book which I stumbled across in my local Kinokuniya (a Japanese bookstore chain). As the title states, this is a biography of the current reincarnation of the Dalai Lama presented in manga form. The illustrations are endearing and powerful, particularly when presenting the Dalai Lama's childhood as a youngster surrounded by older monks, his parents, and advisors. The story of the Dalai Lama's life is told in a very straightforward and simple way, but the issues surrounding the Chinese takeover of Tibet, the struggle for autonomy, and the flight into exile, are never oversimplified. His Holiness' own words are used to demonstrate his doctrine of nonviolence and his dedication to the freedom of Tibet as a country and the imperative of freedom, democracy, and basic human rights for all people. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Tibet, Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, and nonviolent resistance.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Ah, Tibet. You have a very bad neighbor. China has practiced, is practicing, cultural genocide in Tibet. They have filled more than a million Tibetans since the invasion. Probably more, through disease and starvation and poverty. My fear is, once the Dalai Lama passes, that will be the end: the world will forget about the Tibetans. It's been almost 70 years. Several years ago, Tibetans in the holy city of Lasa were self-immolating to bring attention to what's being done to them. Think of the des Ah, Tibet. You have a very bad neighbor. China has practiced, is practicing, cultural genocide in Tibet. They have filled more than a million Tibetans since the invasion. Probably more, through disease and starvation and poverty. My fear is, once the Dalai Lama passes, that will be the end: the world will forget about the Tibetans. It's been almost 70 years. Several years ago, Tibetans in the holy city of Lasa were self-immolating to bring attention to what's being done to them. Think of the despair that drives people to act that way. I have been blessed to know many Tibetans in my life. They are cool people. I am sorry for their loss. I do not like the government of China. I fear that we will fall into what historians call Thucydides Trap: a rising power and an established power are doomed to war against each other. It's a frightening thought. https://tibet.net/important-issues/fa...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Non-fiction graphic novels are a great way for people to get a snippet of information about history, people, and the world. Although I do not know much about the Dalai Lama, I think this graphic novel was informative. It follows the life of the 14th Dalai Lama, originally named Lhamo Thondup, in comic book form. Although I appreciate the information in this graphic novel, I feel like the presentation (mostly dialogue wise) is not very engaging for a younger audience or even an older audience (lik Non-fiction graphic novels are a great way for people to get a snippet of information about history, people, and the world. Although I do not know much about the Dalai Lama, I think this graphic novel was informative. It follows the life of the 14th Dalai Lama, originally named Lhamo Thondup, in comic book form. Although I appreciate the information in this graphic novel, I feel like the presentation (mostly dialogue wise) is not very engaging for a younger audience or even an older audience (like me).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steffany .O (coffee over apples)

    It feels strange rating this but based on enjoyment it was 3.5 ⭐ From this biography, I learned so much about the history of tibet which in all honesty I am completely ignorant of. The art style was sweet and is written based off speeches given by the dalai lama. Through this manga, we learn about the invasion of tibet by chinese forces, the process of becoming dalai lama and the responsibilities associated with that roll. It was much more intense than I thought it was and has sparked an interest It feels strange rating this but based on enjoyment it was 3.5 ⭐ From this biography, I learned so much about the history of tibet which in all honesty I am completely ignorant of. The art style was sweet and is written based off speeches given by the dalai lama. Through this manga, we learn about the invasion of tibet by chinese forces, the process of becoming dalai lama and the responsibilities associated with that roll. It was much more intense than I thought it was and has sparked an interest in conducting more research as to the atrocities of the tibetan/chinese conflict.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cliffurmom

    In my opinion of this book, I think it's not interesting and it's pretty dark, the topic is about. war and war is not a good thing which it is quite sad that when nearly all the Tibetan was killed. by the China communist solders which it shows the negative side of his legacy, he didn't save his citizens and he lost his city, the only thing he saves is the religion that he believes in, it’s not the worst book I ever had but it just not my favorite so that’s why I ranked this book a low score for In my opinion of this book, I think it's not interesting and it's pretty dark, the topic is about. war and war is not a good thing which it is quite sad that when nearly all the Tibetan was killed. by the China communist solders which it shows the negative side of his legacy, he didn't save his citizens and he lost his city, the only thing he saves is the religion that he believes in, it’s not the worst book I ever had but it just not my favorite so that’s why I ranked this book a low score for it.

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