The Dalai Lama is an elder and incredibly wise leader for our modern civilization. This book is an excellent sampling of his practical ideas mixed with the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
I only gave 4 stars on overall and performance because I would have preferred to hear the book read by the author, although I understand he doesn't feel that comfortable speaking English. Still, who better to read it if not the Dalai Lama but Martin Sheen?
The ideas given here cannot be fully grasped or remembered from one listen (at least not by me). I think this is one book that might be better read in printed form.
a great listen from a great person. his open-minded attitude and slight wit of humor makes the book time well-spent.
It seems that humanity has entered a period in space and time where religions can be discontinued. If humanity embraces and enacts love, compassion, and forgiveness all necessary requirements for enlightenment will be given to us all. One just has to start with oneself.
Remarkable insight and bedtime or Starbucks listening. Really puts everything into perspective. Thought provoking! Narration was soothing. Second time listening
Here the Dalai Lama talks about how all religions around the world teaches us about kindness, honesty, patience, and forgiveness (inner values) that are for the good of all life on this planet. He also talks about how these same religions are at war with each other despite these teachings. Why can’t we be at peace on the religious front?
If for a moment we stopped and actually applied what was in our religious doctrines or holy books then we’d be at peace tomorrow. Why aren’t we? Because war is money and money makes the world go round.
I like Martin Sheen and I love the Dalai Lama's view of the world and man. It is so unencumbered
The alternative approach suggested
I believe that we as humans are capable of boundless and endless amounts of love and acceptance and the only thing holding us back are the boxes we place upon ourselves separating 'us' from 'them'. The Dalai Lama expresses the same sentiment and much much more in this book about ethics. He is stating that we need a set of ethics separate from religion. One that all religions can agree with but that does not depend on religion to exist. He believes that these ethics are a natural part of humanity and whether a religious person or not we all have the ability to live an ethical life. I cannot say enough about this wisdom and how well he speaks this truth. This Summer I will be using this book as the core of a curriculum I have created for my teenage son. I want him to understand these principals as he prepares to enter adulthood.
On another note, the narration was a bit funny at first because I have heard the Dalai Lama speak and am also familiar with Martin Sheen. So it took a while to get used to but once I did I think Mr. Sheen did a great job.
The wisdom of the Dalai Lama is so beautiful. The concepts he discusses in this book should be common sense, we shouldn't need to be told to love one another, to help one another, and to try and leave this world better then we found it. I only wish everyone would read this book and take the theme to heart. I love the explanations of thought, the stories, and the deep insight.
I only gave the performance 4 stars because while I do love Martin Sheen his voice didn't have enough pep to keep me listening for long periods of time. I would have to take breaks to make sure I was staying awake and listening.
Otherwise, this was awesome and insightful!
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Setting aside his religion, the Dalai Lama builds upon a secular message of compassion and ethics that might help the world grow above our greed, wastefulness, and other negative traits of humanity. For the first half of this book, I kept thinking to myself, "This is basic common sense. Of course!" But it's in the second half of this book that the Dalai Lama extracts fundamentals from his faith, which he believes can be practiced without faith, and common sense becomes a profound message of guidance to be practiced at the individual level for those who have ears to hear. Even then, the fundamentals of Buddism provides only a perspective for the Dalai Lama to build upon. He doesn't dwell, but rather immediately relates a given lesson to modern science and the secular world in a way that immediately touches our own everyday lives. Self respect, self mastery, and consideration of others open the way for a much larger meaningful change at every level.
Martin Sheen as a narrator for this seems an odd choice at first glance. At first his voice just seemed "wrong" for this. But it wasn't long when I realized that it really did work on a level I didn't expect. Sheen comes across as a strong father figure, which is precisely how the Dalai Lama's words best come across. Given the comparison, there isn't such a strong disconnect anymore, and indeed, Sheen's reading brings the message home on a less exotic level, bridging that gap between East and West.