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Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ages 10 and up. Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan. March, 2009

Boy on the Lion Throne: The Childhood of the 14th Dalai Lama

The Story: In 1937 monks on a secret mission identify Lhamo Thondup as the 14th reincarnation of Tibet’s most revered lama. From his simple life in a mountain village to the thousand-roomed Potala Palace where he is worshipped as a god-king, and his perilous escape into exile, this dramatic narrative follows the remarkable childhood of the Dalai Lama, one of the most loved and honored spiritual leaders in the world. The 160 page text is generously illustrated with historic black and white photos. A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to Tibet Aid (www.tibetaid.org).

The inspiration: No human being has been more inspiring to me than the Dalai Lama. Writing this book was a privileged opportunity to immerse myself in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. I attended lectures by the Dalai Lama and went on Tibetan meditation retreats to help prepare for writing this book. The publication date of March, 2009 is also the 50th anniversary of the 1959 uprising in Lhasa and the escape of His Holiness to India, where he still resides today.


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