Written in 1963-just four years after his escape from Tibet and four years after completing his education-Opening the Eye of New Awareness is the Dalai Lama's first religious work. Originally intended for Tibetan lay people, Westerners, and "those who do not have the leisure to study the great texts", this is the Dalai Lama's own summation of Buddhist doctrines and practices as they have been practiced in Tibet for a thousand years. It is a work of consummate scholarship by a twenty-seven-year-old monk, wise beyond his years. A new introduction by Professor Lopez provides insight into the historical and philosophical context of His Holiness' work.
..".a remarkable work, providing a compendium of Buddhist doctrine and practice that is both dense and rich, serving both as a summation of knowledge and as an invitation to further study. Nowhere in his many subsequent works does one find a more clear and concise exposition of the essentials of Buddhist thought. All of His Holiness' many publications are in some sense commentaries on this first book."--Donald S. Lopez, Jr., from his Introduction