Life long learner of all sorts of things.
As always, the Dalai Lama brings vision and hope for mankind in general, regardless of your religious affiliation or back round. The ideas discussed in the book are rather universal, but important none the less.
There is a lot to digest in 4.5 hours. It will take several passes to take in the meat of the arguments. Narration was good and not intrusive. His rhythm, pitch and rate are supportive of the content and allows the Dali Lama to come though. While the book is short it is about right concidering the depth of content. If it were any longer it would become tedious and tiring.
The theme in this book is unity and spirituality. The principles discussed here are clear and understandable. I knit as I listened to the words and took them in. I applied some of them in my daily life. Thanks.
I could not wait to glean the knowledge. It is perhaps a book I would have read a few pages at a time, while reading other books. It was not envolving enouugh for me to listen to even prior to sleeping.
It is great knowing the ideas of religious leaders as religion is still tightly knit to everyday life of all humans. Even if one has no belief s/he is sorrounded by others who have faith in something. Religious leaders have followers and are capable of (and were meant to) shaping interactions and behaviours in societies. In this text HH is right on the spot targeting issues of pieceful coexistance. In other words, a last step of one's journey: from self to others.
A very good listen. The Dali Lama's thoughts are worth hearing. He has spent years thinking about the world and man. Refreshing clarity and common sense approaches to problems.
I will listen to this more than once.
I read Dalai Lama's biography many years ago and thought that he was an unusual and interesting person for a religious figure. His condition as an exile is obviously unfortunate, but, ironically, it is probably this very condition that makes it possible for him to travel all over the world, meet other interesting people, synthesize his thoughts, and communicate the ideas to so many people in many nations. I feel lucky to get to hear his thoughts at this point in time in human history. The title of this book, which sounds contradictory to his religious position, got me interested, and I am glad that I got this audiobook. It is clear that his ideas evolved through many difficult situations and meeting all kinds of people from diverse fields of science, religions, and politics. He has acquired a global perspective with the goal of achieving peace with a realistic and yet optimistic attitude. I think people can easily misunderstand him if they just see his image through regular mass media, which usually put some level of political filter. His ideas are well organized in this book. I, a non-religious, non-spiritual person, even enjoyed the chapter on how to meditate. I highly recommend this book. Martin Sheen's matter-of-fact style narration was also effective.
I did not read the print.
It Is for all people interested in cohabiting peacefully on Earth.
Simple. Practical. Beautiful.
I can think of no other who has offered such a global scope of religious synopsis tempered with scientific progress without advocating for one view over the other, as has been done for centuries. His Holiness offers a unique view, as he is uniquely qualified to speak to us as one who was born into an humble family, raised in privilege, yet lives in exile.
I enjoyed the way that Martin Sheen emphasized words and syllables, with tone and timbre he caused me to forget that this was Martin Sheen performing and not the Dalai Lama himself speaking, many times.
I was surprised at how many times I stopped the recording just to review what was said and think through what I had just heard. I will listen to this again, I am certain to hear "more" that just the first listen provided.