A huge international success, the Dalai Lama's books are bestsellers all over the world. Now, for the first time, we are able to discover the personal feelings and thoughts of this highly respected spiritual figure on subjects ranging from how the experience of profound spiritual insight actually feels, to how he has learned to love people who anyone else would consider an enemy, and under what circumstances he believes he would be capable of violence. Victor Chan came to meet the Dalai Lama through an extraordinary kidnapping experience. Since that time, over thirty years ago, he has become a close friend of the Dalai Lama and here is able to give us the most personal and intimate portrait yet of this iconic figure. In relaxed conversation, at his prayers and meals, meeting other world leaders - this up-close-and-personal account is filled with the Dalai Lama's customary insight, humour and compassion. Victor Chan's unique access to the life of this most inspiring of men gives us the closest look yet into the heart and mind of one of our greatest spiritual leaders.