It is probably best not to mistake the chapters of this book for discussions in the generally accepted sense of the word: they are, rather, stilted dialogs that serve as vehicles for the exposition of Tibetan Buddhist doctrine as understood by its most famous practitioner, the reigning Dalai Lama. Topics addressed include the essence of Buddhism, the role of the guru, and the situation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama's many answers should prove of great interest to his followers in this country. For collections where interest in Buddhism is strong. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.