Jonathan Mirsky

The Lama’s Dilemma

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

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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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