I had a collection of books that I had downloaded in anticipation of having a lot of time to read while we where away in the Alps. That was a little naive of me as there was never any time for reading apart from on the car journeys there and back.
I had chosen Seven Years in Tibet because of the mountaineering/adventure theme that I believed it would be about. The author, Heinrich Harrer had been in the party of climbers that first successfully climbed north face of The Eiger so rightly or wrongly assumed that the book would be along the same themes of that.
Seven Years in Tibet describes a happy, peaceful and beautiful country in which the young Dalai Lama grows up. In telling how Tibet once was it’s therefore even more shocking to learn the trouble that it is in now. The book led me to want to know more about Tibet and it’s people and understand what state it is in now.
The Free Tibet website is very informative and at the time of writing this China has been carrying out the demolition of Larung Gar, the world’s largest centre for Tibetan Buddhism. This is one of the many things that should not be happening to such a beautiful country.
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