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Samdhong Rinpoche Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World: Tibetan Buddhism and Today's World
Samdhong Rinpoche Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World: Tibetan Buddhism and Today's World
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Price:  $22.95

ISBN:  1-933316-20-9
Book Size:  6" × 9"
# of Pages:  264
Language:  English



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This first-ever series of in-depth dialogues with Samdhong Rinpoche, the current Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, examines how the world came to follow a destructive path of unprincipled pragmatism and compromise, and what we can do to remedy it.

  ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Religion”  

  Silver Midwest Book Award for "Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”  
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This first-ever series of in-depth dialogues with Samdhong Rinpoche, the current Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, examines how the world came to follow a destructive path of unprincipled pragmatism and compromise, and what we can do to remedy it.

  ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Religion”  

  Silver Midwest Book Award for "Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”  


About the Author & other Contributors, including HH The Dalai Lama

Samdhong Rinpoche

Samdhong Rinpoche is the fifth reincarnation of that title in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He holds a Doctorate in Buddhist sciences from the University of Drepung in Tibet. In 1959, Rinpoche fled to India along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In India he served as a teacher to monks in exile and was appointed director of the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies. On July 29, 2001, Rinpoche was named Kalon Tripa, or Prime Minister of the Tibetan Exile Government, the first political leader to be directly elected by the people in exile. The World Wisdom book Samdhong Rinpoche Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World: Tibetan Buddhism and Today's World is a unique series of in-depth dialogues with him and which covers a broad range of topics, including how the world came to follow a destructive path of unprincipled pragmatism and compromise, and what we can do to remedy it.


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Donovan Roebert

Donovan Roebert is the founder and coordinator of the South African Friends of Tibet. Born in East London, South Africa, he is a painter whose works are sold internationally. A devoted practitioner of Mahayana Buddhism for over a decade, he has also written several religious and philosophical articles on reconciling new physics and the neurosciences with the subjective human religious experience. He lives in Broederstroom, South Africa. He is the editor of Samdhong Rinpoche Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World: Tibetan Buddhism and Today's World.


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HH the Dalai Lama

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, is both the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He was born in 1935 in northeastern Tibet, and was acknowledged as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama at age two. Four years later, he began to study Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture as well as many other subjects until completing his education at age 23. Following the invasion of Tibet by the communist-inspired Chinese Army in 1959 and the impending threat on his life, he escaped into exile and has since resided in Dharmsala, India, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. He is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and an author of numerous books and essays, including Kindness, Clarity and Insight (1984), A Human Approach to World Peace (1984), and Ocean of Wisdom (1989).

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Reviews of Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World



"Donovan Roebert edits a treatise linking Tibetan Buddhist principles with concerns of the modern world. Rinpoche is the first elected prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile and has long contributed scholarly and spiritual thoughts to the world: he's professor whose convictions are solidly based on Buddhism – and his blend of reflection, experience, and self-insight pair well with a world vision acknowledging modern social pressures."
Diane C. Donovan, writing in California Bookwatch



"This important work … provides a Buddhist viewpoint of the political arena, arguing that the current state of the world is a deterioration of essential truth and wisdom and explaining how Buddhist principles might be applied to political situations. Maintaining that evolution can be influenced by humanity, a Buddhist analysis explains the current state of law, morality, science, and art. The Chinese occupation of Tibet is discussed in depth, and the importance of continued nonviolence is emphasized. The discussions end with a basic primer on Buddhist philosophy. Including a foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, this is recommended for academic and public libraries."
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“I highly recommend this book for those who want to know Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy of life, truth about Tibet, and the Buddhist view on the modern world. Samdhong Rinpoche’s concept on every topic is very amazing and enlightening!”
Tenzin Namgyal, translator, Tibetan Cultural Center Bloomington, Indiana



“Like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he is deeply committed to non-violence and, in this wide-ranging series of interviews, he delivers a timely and compelling message which has relevance not just for the Tibetan people and their struggle, but for humanity as a whole.”
Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying



“As part of my role as the lead interlocutor for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his efforts to reach out to the Chinese leadership to resolve the Tibetan issue, I rely on and have received the total support of Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche. In all his different responsibilities, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche is grounded in firm and principled convictions. I am therefore pleased to see a book that dwells on his philosophy and in the process helps the public better understand this distinctive Tibetan.“
Lodi G. Gyari, Special Envoy of H.H. the Dalai Lama



"Rinpoche is a great scholar, with a deep and vast understanding of Buddhist philosophy, both sutra and tantra; not only a scholar but a great practitioner, living in the meaning."
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, head of the Federation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition



"Donovan Roebert has done the world a great service in bringing to its attention the existence, personality and wisdom of Samdhong Rinpoche, chairman of the cabinet of the Tibetan government in exile. Firmly rooted in the ground of non-violence, like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche is a perfect example of what a Buddhist politician should be—a sublime blend of spiritual realization and worldly wisdom. This book is essential reading for those who want to know how politics and religion can work together to do what they're supposed to do: benefit people and the world as a whole."
Dr. Nicholas Ribush, Director, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive






Table of Contents for Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche
PART I: THE LONG ROAD TO NOW
Introduction
The Dialogues:
Origins
Biological Evolution
Societies
Culture
Governance
Economies
Industry and Commerce
Law
Philosophy
Religion
Morality
Spirituality
Science
Art
Complexity and Escapism
Civilization and Decline
The Future in Prospect
PART II: THE MODERN INDIVIDUAL
Introduction
The Dialogues
PART III: HUMANKIND IN SAMSARA, ON EARTH, AND IN
THE UNIVERSE
Introduction
The Dialogues:
The Gap between Governments and the Governed
Law as Moral Sufficiency
Environmental Destruction
International Influence and Expansionism
Power
Violence and War
America and the Superpower Principle
Toothless International Law−
The Ideal
A View on This Millennium
PART IV: TIBET−THE MODERN WORLD’S HIDDEN
TRAGEDY
Introduction
The Invasion and Occupation of Tibet
Tibet at the United Nations
The Cultural Revolution
Post-Maoist Policies
The Scope of Abuse
Religious Persecution
Two Statements from April 2003
Plunder and Destruction for China’s Benefit
Population Transfer: China’s “Final Solution” for Tibet
The Status of Tibet
What Tibetans Want
The Response from Beijing
The Karma of Tibet
The Dialogues:
The Karma of Tibet
Tibet and Taiwan: Contrasting Stances
Preserving Dharma and Buddhist Culture in Tibet
The Future Vision of Tibet
Losing Patience With Non-Violence
PART V: SATYAGRAHA AND AHIMSA
(TRUTH-INSISTENCE AND NON-HARMFULNESS)
Introduction
The Dialogues
PART VI: THE FOUNDATIONAL VIEW−BUDDHADHARMA
The Life of Siddhartha Gotama
The First Noble Truth: The Truth of Suffering
The Second Noble Truth: The Truth of the Causes of Suffering
The Third Noble Truth: The Truth of the Cessation of Suffering
The Fourth Noble Truth: The Eightfold Path
Karma
Rebirth
Interdependent Origination
Impermanence, Suffering, Not-Self
The Five Aggregates
Compassion
Wisdom-Compassion and the Six Perfections
Bodhicitta and Skilful Means
The Bodhisattva
The Inner and Outer Lama
Study and Practice
The Vajrayana
View, Conduct, Meditation
Taking Refuge
The Dialogues
Conclusion
Biographical Notes



Excerpts from "Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World"

“Samdhong Rinpoche is someone I hold in high regard. He belongs to the last generation of Tibetans that reached adulthood and accomplished a part of his monastic training before leaving Tibet. . . . Despite his genuine qualities and accomplishments, I have always found Samdhong Rinpoche to be an abstemious, reserved man. Consequently, his firm views on many issues may not be widely known outside the Tibetan community. Considering the important position he now occupies, I believe the editor of this book has done a public service in preparing this selection of Rinpoche’s observations and opinions.”
—from the foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


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