Ken Wilber and Victor Chan take an in-depth look at the Dalai Lama’s life, his spiritual practice, and his efforts to bring wisdom to the world and translate compassion into action.
Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005 they co-founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan also co-authored The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights. Their previous work, The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Travels, was shortlisted for the Nautilus Prize, New York and translated into 14 languages. Chan is also the author of The Tibet Handbook: A Pilgrimage Guide.
Victor Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong. After high school he attended colleges in Canada and the US.
In 1971, needing a break from his studies, Chan bought a VW bus in Utrecht, Holland and planned to make his way overland to India. A few months into the trip he found himself spending half a year in Afghanistan, then a haven for dropouts and would-be adventurers.
At the end of his sojourn he was abducted, together with two fellow travelers, Cheryl from New York and Rita from Munich, by three rifle-wielding Afghan men. They managed to escape after three days and Chan traveled with Cheryl to India. It turned out that she had a letter of introduction to the Dalai Lama.
It was in March of 1972 that Chan, an ethnic Chinese, sat face-to-face with the exiled Tibetan leader for the first of many encounters. This unusual story is first told in The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys (Riverhead Books, 2004), a book co-authored by the Dalai Lama and Chan. The book was short-listed for the Best Spiritual Book of 2005 (Nautilus Prize, New York) and translated into 14 languages.
The Dalai Lama and Chan’s new book, the Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights, was published by Riverhead on Dec 27, 2012.