by Matteo Pistono, I am horrified by what has gone on in Tibet fairly recently--the torture and oppression continue. In one small example, the Drapchi 14 were tortured for singing a hymn to the Dali Lama. I've also read the horrible account of Palden Gyatso: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk
Pistono's book is a swashbuckling adventure, a mixture of spiritual practice and political activism, which confronts my idealist hopes and disillusionment. He chronicles the ups and downs of his efforts to bring more justice to Tibet. I find it hard to read it straight through, I get filled with horrified anxiety about what is being done to the political prisoners of Tibet.
And sure enough, Pistono gets depressed, and has a bit of a crisis. But he gets out of it by going to visit a friend in Costa Rica and tending to it.
Here is a video about the book In The Shadow of the Buddha: