Jonathan Mirsky

The Lama’s Dilemma

The Dance of 17 Lives: The Incredible True Story of Tibet's 17th Karmapa


Bloomsbury 304pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

Mick Brown’s basic story is true, well known and, despite his book’s subtitle, perfectly credible. In January 2000, Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the spiritual leader of a major Tibetan Buddhist school, and the only supreme incarnation to be recognised by both the Dalai Lama and Beijing, escaped from Tibet into India.

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