A moving story of an influential global voice and a potent example of what leadership informed by compassion and selflessness could become in the 21st century.The Dalai Lama crafts an intricate tapestry of the Tibetan diaspora with evocative and moving photographs.
Framed with the eye of a photographer, The Dalai Lama: Leader for a Compassionate Humanity crafts an intricate tapestry of the Tibetan diaspora, finely woven through accounts from the Dalai Lama’s storied life, the everyday lives of the Tibetan people, and the insights of a leadership coach who has applied the principles of Buddhism in her professional life.
Along the way, evocative and moving photographs of the author’s decade long journey provide deeper context into the Dalai Lama’s organic evolution into a dynamic global leader who has modernized Tibetan culture and shaped a potential humanitarian catastrophe into a thriving, if exiled, community. The Dalai Lama emerges as an influential global voice and a potent example of what leadership informed by compassion and selflessness could become in the 21st century.
The Dalai Lama’s passionate appeal for a spiritual and ethical revolution, which calls for a total reorientation away from our habitual preoccupation with the self, and toward the wider community, has new urgency. Nothing illustrates this concept of global interconnection more than the rapid spread of the global corona virus pandemic, which spared no one and affected every one of us. Because COVID has played out at a global scale, we can see how important a strong, effective, compassionate leader is. The Dalai Lama provides this selfless, compassionate role model.
Ginger Chih has been documenting her worldwide life and travels in words and images for over four decades. At the age of three, her family fled China, settling in Japan, then the United States. Ginger holds an MBA from New York University and a PhD from Cambridge University and worked as a management consultant. As a Buddhist, she found that integrating the teachings of the Dalai Lama into leadership consulting resulted in more harmonious workplace relationships.
“This vibrant volume by Buddhist photographer Chih documents the relationship between the Dalai Lama’s leadership and the Tibetan diaspora … Chih’s most moving images document everyday life in the Tibetan diaspora ... Chih’s photos capture the intensity and humility of the Dalai Lama … this reverent account makes for a striking visual chronicle of the Dalai Lama and the diaspora.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Chih, a leadership consultant and documentary photographer, writes a photo-heavy biography of the 14th Dalai Lama … Chih’s account starts with a narrative of the Dalai Lama’s early childhood, education, and flight from Tibet. From there, the author becomes more topical, reflecting on the Dalai Lama’s accomplishments as a global leader. Chih, who is herself a refugee from China, also details the plight and the culture of the Tibetan people and briefly relates the history and global impact of Tibetan Buddhism. Most notable are the book’s many photographs by Chih (some of which depict the Dalai Lama, Buddhist communities, and Tibet), which show her personal connection to her subject.”
– Library Journal
“This very accessible and educational book is a history lesson and philosophy book all in one, sharing information about the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan way of life. Rich photographs are interspersed with anecdotes from the Dalai Lama's life … Also focusing on the Dalai Lama's lessons in leadership, Chih highlights his calls for people to choose community over individualism, a lesson that is timely today.”