The Dharma King by B.G. Stroh - A Thrilling Novel of One Man's Quest to Save Tibet - And Himself
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Two Thumbs Up for The Dharma King

Source: CastleRock Magazine| Septempber 14, 2009
As I finished this story and closed this book, I knew that the author not only wrote a wonderful tale but stirred in me a desire to learn more about this fascinating religion and the Tibetan area. Read Full Article (External Link)

A Brilliant, Fast-Paced Novel

Source: Book Pleasures Review |
It became clear to me that this is yet another well-researched book - the reader can see the cultural as well as spiritual differences between the East and the West. How many authors could get this part right and at the same time make such a brilliant, fast-paced novel? This journey is one all of us can connect even if we don’t personally have a belief in the spiritual side of matters. Read Full Article (External Link)

A Spiritual Journey and a Tibetan Crisis

Source: Midwest Book Review |
The Dharma King is the perfect choice for a thoughtful intercultural reading experience. With China's emergence onto the world stage and with the uncertainty of Tibet's future "The Dharma King" is timely and important. B. G. Stroh uses the medium of the novel to deliver powerful insight into his own personal struggle to find meaning in a changed world. Stroh challenges the reader to step up to the challenge of the impact one person can make in changing their world. Read Full Article (External Link)


Source: GoodReads | Published: September 24, 2008
While this was a work of fiction, there was also a lot of truth woven in. B. G. Stroh style is bold and thrilling. He takes the reader along a path fraught with danger and leaves the reader questioning the world’s tolerance to totalitarianism. Fans of fiction, world events, and suspense will enjoy this book. Read Full Article (External Link)

Tibet unrest looms in post-Dalai Lama era

Source: Boston Globe | Published: September 12, 2008
A spell in hospital by the Dalai Lama highlights enormous complexities likely to arise when the 73-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner does pass away. Read Full Article (External Link)

BG Stroh's THE DHARMA KING marks an impressive writing debut.

Source: Grady Harp, September 08 | Published: September 7, 2008
In a brief 187 pages Stroh manages to share a significant amount of Tibetan and Chinese history, provide insights into the Buddhism realm of spirituality, cross reference American capitalism with the morphing Chinese economic structure, and introduce characters at risk in an intense thriller as they become involved in the continuation of the Dalai Lama line - characters who in many ways mirror the development of the Siddhartha to Buddha transformation. This may sound like too much story for a short novel, but in Stroh's talented hands the pieces of this complex puzzle fit together so well that his brevity of style suggests a major talent emerging. Read Full Article (External Link)

China Moves to Tighten Control Over Religion in Tibet

Source: Washington Post | Published: March 26, 2008
China's security chief called for stepping up "patriotic education" in Tibet's monasteries, the state-run Tibet Daily said Tuesday, as prosecutors for the first time charged demonstrators in the largely peaceful, monk-led protests that later exploded into riots in the region. Read Full Article (External Link)

The aftermath of the Tibet upheavals
Source: New York Times | Published: April 3, 2008
China refuses to negotiate directly with the Dalai Lama, whom it recently denounced as “a jackal wrapped in a habit, a monster with human face and animal’s heart.”

The only other Tibetan who could fill that vacuum is the Panchen Lama, the No. 2 Tibetan leader, who turns 19 later this month. But the Chinese government kidnapped the Panchen Lama when he was 6 years old and apparently has kept him under house arrest ever since. Read Full Article (External Link)

What does the Dalai Lama actually stand for?
Source: New Yorker | Published: March 31, 2008
Our spiritual and cultural traditions will be completely eradicated. Even the names of the Dalai and Panchen Lamas will be erased. . . . The Monasteries will be looted and destroyed, and the monks and nuns killed or chased away. . . . We will become like slaves to our conquerors . . . and the days and nights will pass slowly and with great suffering and terror.” Read Full Article (External Link)

China's Crisis
Source: BBC | Published: April 10, 2008
The Chinese have had their way over Tibet. They have openly intimidated those countries who want to have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. And from their point of view, the Tibetans are an ungrateful bunch of peasants who have been dragged from the Dark Age of a Buddhist theocracy to the modern era of paved roads, city plumbing and light bulbs. Read Full Article (External Link)

Religious Raiment
Source: Boston Globe | Published: March 24, 2008
CHINA'S VIOLENT crackdown on Tibetan Buddhists might give the appearance of a clash between an atheist regime and a traditionalist community of faith. But China's communist rulers seem to believe the only way they can extinguish the Tibetan spirit of resistance is to give themselves the spiritual authority to make the rules for Mahayana Buddhism, the religion of Tibetans.

Adherents believe the current Dalai Lama is the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama, who was the Buddha of compassion. But in an edict issued last August, Beijing decreed that it will henceforth be "illegal and invalid" for anyone to become "a living Buddha without government approval." Read Full Article (External Link)

Tibet is one thing, but India and China tensions spell bigger disaster
Source: The Times | Published: March 30, 2008
China invaded Tibet in October 1950 and annexed it to Mao Tse-tung’s newly declared people’s republic. The Chinese say that Tibet had historically been part of China since the 13th century. But in practice the reason why it is now an “autonomous region” within China – that is, run by the Chinese Communist party – is that it is on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Strategically, China feels safer with the world’s highest mountain range as its border. Read Full Article (External Link)

Yale risks undermining core values by supporting China
Source: Yale Daily News | Published: March 28, 2008
Tibet enjoyed long periods of autonomy and de facto independence until 1950-’51, when the newly victorious Communist government of China invaded Tibetan territory and coerced the Tibetan government into signing an agreement renouncing claims of sovereignty. The Dalai Lama has repeatedly asserted that he would be content with the granting of autonomous status similar to that of Hong Kong for the misleadingly named Tibetan Autonomous Region. Further, despite much searching I was unable to find any evidence for one of Li’s greater claims that the Dalai Lama seeks control over other provinces as part of a “Greater Tibet.” Read Full Article (External Link)

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B.G. Stroh has traveled to Tibet and is an admirer of Tibetan Buddhism. He lives with his family in Northern California. More about the author

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