This book was so uplifting. It is filled with wisdom from the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama writes about a whole variety of topics in paragraph form. Topics include his exile, and the good he finds in it, Buddhist view on other faiths, politics & the world today, science, spiritual journeys, life, death, and rebirth. You will see a more positive at looking towards everything in life. The colored pictures are stunning. This is an excellent gift and an intriguing coffee table book. I leave it out, and guests often thumb through it and comment on it. I love this book!