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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diki Tsering Narrator: Arabella Hong Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born to humble but prosperous peasants in 1901, the Year of the Ox, Diki Tsering grew up a simple girl with a simple life and the ordinary ambition to be a good wife and mother. When faith and fate led her son Lhamo Dhondup to be recognized as the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, her world altered completely.

In Dalai Lama, My Son she recounts her own amazing story from her early life with her "tended family and siblings to the customs and rituals of old Tibet and her arranged marriage at age sixteen. She vividly recalls the births of her children and their Buddhist upbringing; His Holiness, unfolding personality; the visitors who came to her town to seek the new Dalai Lama; the family's arduous move to Lhasa; and the years there until the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the family's escape and eventual exile.

Rich in historic and cultural details, this moving glimpse into the origins of the Dalai Lama personalizes the history of the Tibetan people, the magic of their culture, the role of their women, and their ancient ideals of compassion, faith, and equanimity.

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  • “A priceless glimpse of His Holiness the Dalai Lama…and an intensely moving personal account of the life of a woman both simple and profound.” 


  • “This spare, fascinating autobiography by the Dalai Lama’s mama addresses issues as diverse as faith, political intrigue and the harsh demands of rural life.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tsering recounts an astonishing amount of detail in her vivid and moving descriptions of everyday life, illuminating the simple if laborious world of Tibetan peasantry…This story of faith and perseverance preserves Tibet’s past and gives heart to those struggling to secure its future.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dani d'Spirit | 9/23/2013

    " This was really great to read after meeting The Dalai Lama in person. Whenyou meet HH you get the sense of the "everyday " person, not someone special, or better than you are. He is very real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 9/2/2013

    " Stylistically nothing to write home about but interesting content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheila | 6/18/2013

    " The life story of the mother of the Dalai Lama. An interesting look at Tibetian culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate | 8/1/2012

    " An interesting view of the lives of the Dalai Lama and his mother. "

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