A surprisingly candid conversation with the Dalai Lama. In April 2006, the prominent cultural anthropologist Noriyuki Ueda sat down with the Dalai Lama for a conversation. The Dalai Lama on What Matters Most is the result of that long and lively conversation in Dharamsala. In this little book, the Dalai Lama men explores what matters most in this life - from compassion, to the right use of anger, to the creation of a just society - with uncharacteristic candor. This book offers a unique perspective on the Dalai Lama's political and spiritual views. One of the real pleasures of this book is His Holiness' uncharacteristic candor. "I'm not only a socialist, but also a bit of a leftist, a Communist." In addition, it guides the reader through the complex reality of what it means to practice compassion in the here and now.