With a foreword by the Dalai Lama, this exquisitely illustrated volume presents an intimate, Family of Man-like portrait of Tibet and its people. According to Tibetian belief, existence is an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and authors Carroll Dunham and lan Baker take us through the Tibetian wheel of life , from birth and childhood through adolescence and midlife to old age and death. We meet a woman who is married to four brothers and pregnant. She dreams of turquoise - a sure sign that she will give birth to a boy. Ten-year-old Tulku Ralo yawns as he sits on a grand throne blessing the reverent throng who flock to him; it is not easy being a god-child. The pilgrimage of a family to Lhasa takes several years, for they cover the entire distance by prostrating the length of their bodies across the earth, surrendering to the primordial ground from which all Buddhas have arisen.
Set against Tibet's staggeringly beautiful mountain landscapes, as well as against the ongoing struggle of the Tibetans to win indipendence from China, Tibet: Reflections from the Wheel of Life portrays the many faces of an earthy yet devout people steeped in a rich heritage.