Order This Book OnlineThe Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, by Pico Iyer

In this excellent, insightful book, Pico Iyer, journalist, author and longtime friend to the Dalai Lama, examines the travels and teachings of the exiled leader of the Tibetan people. Iyer, through 30 years of conversations with the Dalai Lama, family members and those who work with him, presents the reader with a rich, unsentimental portrait of a man, a monk and a political leader, and the difficulties associated with fulfilling these roles for the world. Iyer also explores the complex situation surrounding the Tibetan communtiy established in Dharamsala, India. This book helped me to understand more clearly the many issues surrounding this iconic promoter of peace.