The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk
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The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk

Palden Gyatso

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The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk

Palden Gyatso

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"With this memoir by a 'simple monk' who spent 33 years in prisons and labor camps for resisting the Chinese, a rare Tibetan voice is heard." — The New York Times Book Review Palden Gyatso was born in a Tibetan village in 1933 and became an ordained Buddhist monk at eighteen—just as Tibet was in the midst of political upheaval. When Communist China invaded Tibet in 1950, it embarked on a program of "reform" that would eventually affect all of Tibet's citizens and nearly decimate its ancient culture. In 1967, the Chinese destroyed monasteries across Tibet and forced thousands of monks into labor camps and prisons. Gyatso spent the next twenty-five years of his life enduring interrogation and torture simply for the strength of his beliefs. Palden Gyatso's story bears witness to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the strength of Tibet's proud civilization, faced with cultural genocide. "To readers of this memoir, however untraveled, Tibet will never again seem remote or unfamiliar.... Gyatso reminds us that the language of suffering is universal." — Library Journal "Has the ring of undeniable truth.... Palden Gyatso's clear-sighted eloquence (in Tsering Shakya's fluent translation) makes his tale even more engrossing." — San Francisco Chronicle

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