Learning to Forgive From His Holiness The Dalai Lama: A Book Review


The Dalai Lama says, “The theory of interdependence allows us to develop a wider perspective.. ..In today’s world every nation is heavily interdependent, interconnected. Under these circumstances, destroying your enemy – your neighbor –means destroying yourself in the long run.”

Forgiveness doesn’t come easy to most. I count myself amongst the ‘most.’ Not that I keep a lot of grudges locked tight in deep dark dungeons of my heart and mind! But, yes, there are some incidents, some events that are hard to forget, difficult to come to terms with. And your mind continuously plays the same record of ‘if only,’ ‘why did he/she,’ ‘I shall never forget how he/she hurt me’ and the like.

So, here I was with book in hand, ‘The Wisdom of Forgiveness’ HH The Dalai Lama. The most intriguing thing about the book was that it was written by Victor Chan, a man of Chinese origin. That made the book more interesting to read as we all know that the Chinese are still keeping peace for the Tibetan community at ransom in spite of all the suffering and the universal appeal of The Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet. In fact, one of the very first questions that Victor Chan asks of The Dalai Lama is whether he hated the Chinese?!

Interested in reading further? Read here.


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