Questions for the Dalai Lama: Answers on Love, Success, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life (Little Book. Big Idea.) (Hardcover)

Questions for the Dalai Lama: Answers on Love, Success, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life (Little Book. Big Idea.) By Dede Cummings (Editor), Travis Hellstrom (Editor), Lauren Alderfer (Foreword by), Dalai Lama (Commentaries by) Cover Image
By Dede Cummings (Editor), Travis Hellstrom (Editor), Lauren Alderfer (Foreword by), Dalai Lama (Commentaries by)
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For centuries, millions upon millions of people have sought out the wisdom of the Dalai Lama. Tenzin Gyatso, the current and XIV Dalai Lama, has traveled the world, spreading his personal doctrine of compassion and understanding. His sage words resonate with all who hear him speak, encompassing topics as grand as world peace, and as simple as learning to love ourselves.
Presented in a clear, elegant format, Questions for the Dalai Lama poses universal questions, giving answers from the Dalai Lama himself, assembled from quotes, articles, speeches, and written works directly attributed to His Holiness. Organized into several themes, Questions for the Dalai Lama touches on themes ranging from love, to tragedy, to compassion and happiness.
Drawing on the enduring words of His Holiness, this inspirational book makes a wonderful gift for anyone seeking greater personal happiness and a life informed by compassion and wisdom. Organized into sections and built around a simple, informal question and answer format, Questions for the Dalai Lama is easy to understand, and easy to share with friends and loved ones.
“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.”
 —XIV Dalai Lama

About the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.

Dede Cummings
is a Vermont-based writer, and she is also a public radio commentator for Vermont Public Radio where she first covered the Dalai Lama. Her first book, Living With Crohn's & Colitis was published in 2010. Dede has had her poetry published in Mademoiselle Magazine and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. A Discovery/The Nation poetry semi-finalist, she was recently named a 2013 Vermont State Poetry Broadside finalist by the state's poet-laureate, Sydney Lea. She resides in Brattleboro, Vermont with her family.

Travis Hellstrom is a writer and founder of Advance Humanity ( After graduating from college with a degree in Pre-Med/Biology, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia from 2008–2011, where he worked with local hospitals and clinics in the eastern steppe of Mongolia to help doctors, nurses and residents improve the overall health in the community. Currently, he is a graduate student at World Learning/The School for International Training. Travis currently travels between Mongolia and the United States with his wife Tunga.  You can visit his website at

Dr. Lauren Alderfer has worked as an international educator in U.S.-based overseas schools for over 30 years. She has written books on mindfulness for both teachers and children including Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda. In addition, her collaboration with the Tibetan refugee community in India has resulted in several children’s books aiming to preserve the Tibetan oral genre while communicating Tibet’s cultural values of compassion and mindfulness. In 2012, Lauren teamed up with her daughter to share their love of mindfulness and yoga through DayaLife—tailoring wellness sessions for ex-patriots living in Asia that nourish one’s well-being and provide a sense of renewal and wholeness. Lauren holds a Ph.D. in Global Educational Leadership.

Praise For…

"A wonderful collection of evocative and penetrating insights from perhaps the greatest spiritual master of our times. The quotations first impact us with their reasoning and logic and then in mysterious zen-like fashion touch and move us..."
-- Rajiv Mehrotra,
Trustee & Secretary, Foundation For Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"The question and answer format of this beautifully complied, small volume draws us right into a dialogue with the Dalai Lama on how to live meaningfully and grow spiritually from the most mundane experiences of everyday life. In an early response, the Dalai Lama states, "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." His responses to the most basic questions on the art of living astound me with their depth and clarity, but most of all their wonderful accessibility. The Dalai Lama often describes himself as a simple monk. Here the editors have distilled some of his best wisdom on how to become, quite simply, fully human. The book would make a perfect gift for the experienced seeker and non-seeker alike."
-- Olivia Stokes Dreier, Executive Director, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

Product Details
ISBN: 9781578264971
ISBN-10: 1578264979
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Little Book. Big Idea.