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Tomorrow’s better world – the message of the Dalai Lama for the Global Generation

C.H. Beck Verlag 2015

It is not easy to grow up in a globalized world. Different cultures, societies and religions are becoming increasingly interconnected. The young generation needs to develop different values, mindsets and skills to live happy and successful lives and to solve problems of a global scale such as climate change.

The Dalai Lama, who has gained worldwide respect working for peace of humanity, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle towards an independent Tibet. For some years now the Dalai Lama has devoted himself primarily to the younger generation. The Dalai Lama hopes that they “will grow up to be adults and leaders who will rely on peaceful means to resolve conflicts at the national or international level.”

How can we learn to be empathetic?
What should I do if someone attacks me verbally or physically?
Why do we let people die of hunger?
What do you think of Islam?
Have you ever been in love?

These are some of the many questions children and young adults have asked the Dalai Lama in his encounters with youth.

Based on encounters in Germany and also other countries, Claudia Rinke documents for the first time the Dalai Lama’s message to children and teenagers. Int the beginning of her book “Tomorrow’s better world – the message of the Dalai Lama for the Global Generation” she offers a brief biographical sketch of the Dalai Lama, who spent his childhood venerated as a god-king in the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Rinke goes on to explain the fundamental principles of Buddhism and the Dalai Lama’s own interpretations of the religion and the way to religious harmony. The book contains his unique and far-sighted message to the global generation and his answers to more than fifty of their questions. The book was first published in Germany and therefore partly reflects the situation in Germany and other European countries. Since the Dalai Lama regularly addresses youth in many other parts of the world the text could be adapted by the author to the context in other countries or regions.

It was named as one of the best international books for children and young adults in 2015 by Stiftung  Buchkunst and was nominated for the prestigious Gustav Heinemann Award in 2015. The book is currently being translated into several languages including Chinese.

“Tomorrows better world – the Dalai Lama’s message for the global generation” came out in South Korea at the beginning of 2016.

The book with the french title “Demain un monde meilleur – Dialogue avec le Dalai Lama” is published in France by Edition Salvator. The book launch will be in September 2016.

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The novel „Radical in love“ will be published by Thienemann-Esslinger in January 2018.

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