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The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

An Illuminated Journey

Illustrated by Rima Fujita / Narrator Dalai Lama / Text by Rima Fujita
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama tells the story of his life with stunning illustrations by world-renowned artist Rima Fujita.

One of the most revered spiritual figures of our time—His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama—tells the story of his life in this intimate, timeless, and approachable book. Featuring luminous illustrations from world-renowned artist Rima Fujita and some never-before-shared details, it’s the perfect way to explore the life of the Dalai Lama. This simple yet powerful text combined with stunning artwork will captivate readers of all ages—and will take you on a mystical journey you won’t soon forget. 

Rima Fujita was born in Tokyo, lived in New York City for thirty-two years, and now resides in Southern California. She graduated from Parsons School of Design and has exhibited her work internationally to much acclaim and has gained collectors around the world. Rima has won various awards internationally, received special recognition including from H.H. the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, at the International Peace Summit in Japan.

In 2001 Rima established Books for Children, an organization that produces children’s books and donates them to children in need around the world. She has created seven children's books, and has donated more than fifteen thousand books to the Tibetan children in exile.

Her books include: Wonder Garden, Wonder Talk, The Little Black Box, Simple Meditation, TB Aware, Save the Himalaya, Rewa, Tibetan Identity, and The Day the Buddha Woke Up. Rima’s works have been presented at Rubin Museum of Art (in New York), the Tagore Gallery (New York & Beverly Hills), Tibet House (New York), Trace Foundation (New York), Isetan Art Gallery (Tokyo), Mingei Museum of Art and San Diego Museum of Art.

“An extraordinary book about the extraordinary life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that celebrates in the vibrancy of color, the energy and power of nonviolence and compassion. A touching read.”

– —His Eminence Ling Rinpoché

“His Holiness has made the world a better place for he has inspired many of us to reach for the stars and this book is an accurate description of that inspiring life.”

– —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“And what an extraordinary life it has been. Inspiring, authentic, moving, and generous. Like hearing the life story of a dear friend around a warm fire. We are transported.”

– —Richard Gere

“Rima has brought to life His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s story in a beautiful picture book accessible to readers of all ages. I am sure it will bring joy and inspiration to many.”

– —Tenzin Taklha, nephew and secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is a beautifully illustrated book detailing the life of the Dalai Lama. With tales from his youth, through his life in exile, all the way to the present day, hearing his journey in his own words is a special treat. The accompanying art is wonderfully matched to each chapter and full of color and detail. A book for all ages.”

– —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change

“Rima Fujita’s The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is a lovely take on His Holiness’ remarkable life, filled with Rima’s lush and sweet pictures that touch on key moments of His Holiness’ life. Each picture connects to the heart-touching words of His Holiness himself, very frankly remembering amazing events of his 85-year-long hero’s journey. It is simply marvelous, giving in a concise space a very moving taste of the amazing life of an extraordinary human being. Moving for adults, delightful to children, this vision of the Dalai Lama’s time on earth with us all up to now is a treasure that everyone will love.”

– —Padma Shri Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman, Buddhology professor emeritus, author, cofounder of Tibet House US

“I love the simplicity of this book. It’s a rare opportunity to discover the stories and wishes of His Holiness in his own words. Rima’s art is sublime—filled with compassion and loving-kindness inspired by the legacy of the great master who describes himself as a simple monk and a simple human being.”

– —Chef Eric Ripert, author of Vegetable Simple

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