This book is a first. There has never been one entirely dedicated to the spiritual life of the Dalai Lama. Yet as one of the worldâ€s most recognised, and respected, spiritual leaders there will clearly be great interest in such a work from His Holinessâ€ thousands of friends and followers around the world. The Dalai Lama sees himself first and foremost as a human being, secondly as a monk and thirdly as the political leader of Tibet. In this extraordinary book we read many hitherto unknown stories from his childhood, his formation as a monk and his gradual development as a leader of his people. We are offered a view of his daily spiritual practise, invited to listen in on the dialogue he has been pursuing with other religions, with non- believers and with scientists in his search for ethical and environmental principles, and shown how he brings a sense of goodness and con41to political life around the globe. In a world that is so profoundly interdependent, the Dalai Lama explains how he transforms himself through spiritual means in order to have a positive effect on the world, and he encourages us to do the same by working on ourselves first of all.