I really loved this. Had to finish it and return it to the library, but it's a quick read. Made the Dalai Lama much more human and accessible than he is already, and that's saying something. The author is a longtime friend, and took me with him as he traveled around the world meeting various groups and dignitaries, all of them touched and heartened by the presence of this great man who calls himself "a simple monk."
Most useful for me were the teachings on compassion and how learning to open one's heart leads to a happy and fulfilling life. So simple. A lifetime practicing just this one thing would be a life well-lived. I'm going to try it.