The Dance of 17 Lives

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

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In January 2000, two Ambassador taxis twisted their way up the narrow road leading towards Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills of northern India - the home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama. In one taxi was a fourteen-year-old boy, the 17th Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism. The boy's arrival in Dharamsala was the culmination of an extraordinary escape which had brought him 900 miles across the Himalayas, in conditions of high danger, from the monastery in Tibet where he had lived since he was seven years old. Fascinated by this charismatic young figure, Mick Brown travelled to Dharamsala to meet him, and found himself drawn into the labyrinthine - not to say surreal - web of intrigue surrounding the 17th Karmapa's recognition and young life. Presented with inimitably engaging clarity and zest, here are stories of miracles and murder, the settling of two-hundred-year-old scores and a political intrigue worthy of the Borgias. Piety jostles with greed; truth with laughably fudged falsehood; the strength of human aspiration with the frailty of human nature. Read and be amazed.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 506g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export ed
  • 16pp colour photos
  • 0747573425
  • 9780747573425

About Mick Brown

Mick Brown is the author of two previous books: Richard Branson, The Inside Story and American Heartbeat: Travels from Woodstock to San Jose by Song Title, which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Prize for best travel book in 1994. Born in London in 1950, he is a freelance journalist and broadcaster.show more