Last January, one of the most venerated Buddhist dignitaries in Tibet, the 17th Karmapa, secretly fled through the Himalayas to join the Dalaï Lama’s exiled government in India. The 14-year-old Karmapa is the first «reincarnation» to have been officially recognized by Chinese communist powers. His escape is a major blow to Beijing as it tries to legitimize its control over Tibet. Chosen at age seven, this son of a nomadic family refused to let himself be manipulated by the Chinese government. Instead, he chose to protect Tibetan Buddhism and spread it throughout the world. His incredible escape is a call for peace. Jean-Paul Ribes tells the story of the courageous child, his visions, his life at the monastery, and the profound reasons for his choice of exile. An important book for understanding the relationship between China and Tibet, and the realities of exile from Tibet.Color photo insert.
Jean-Paul Ribes : A journalist, Jean-Paul Ribes is the co-author of Tibet (L’Harmattan, 1992). In 1987 he founded the Comité de soutien au peuple tibétain.