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The Dance of 17 Lives
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In January 2000, two Ambassador taxis twisted their way up the narrow road leading towards Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills of northern India - the home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama. In one taxi was a 14-year-old boy, the 17th Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism. The boy's arrival in Dharamsala was the culmination of an extraordinary escape which had brought him 900 miles across the Himalayas, in conditions of high danger, from the monastery in Tibet where he had lived since he was seven years old. Fascinated by this charismatic young figure, Mick Brown travelled to Dharamsala to meet him, and found himself drawn into the labyrinthine - not to say surreal - web of intrigue surrounding the 17th Karmapa's recognition and young life. Presented with engaging clarity and zest, here are stories of miracles and murder, the settling of 200-year-old scores and a political intrigue worthy of the Borgias. Piety jostles with greed; truth with laughably fudged falsehood; the strength of human aspiration with the frailty of human nature. Read and be amazed.
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* From the author of SPIRITUAL TOURIST: the extraordinary story of one of the great spiritual teachers of the coming age* The ultimate adventure story - about the 17th Karmapa, one of the great spiritual teachers of the coming age* Includes 16 pages of beautiful colour photographs

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Mick Brown is the author of two previous books: Richard Branson, The Inside Story and American Heartbeat: Travels from Woodstock to San Jose by Song Title, which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Prize for best travel book in 1994. Born in London in 1950, he is a freelance journalist and broadcaster.

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