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Patrick

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  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (614)

    The Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, here elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. Transcending the mere "religion wars", he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, those that ground ethics in a belief in God and an afterlife, and those that understand good actions as leading to better states of existence in future lives. And yet, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a claim for what he calls a third way.

    James says: "An Easy and Informative Listen"
    "A calm examination of ethics in a secular world."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Religion to be better than the print version?

    This is not a meditation book, but the calm cadence of Martin Sheen makes it a very soothing listen. You can tell he is attempting to evoke the peaceful speech of the author. I believe this does contribute something beyond the print version of the book.


    What other book might you compare Beyond Religion to and why?

    I would compare this book to secular and atheist titles, by authors like Richard Dawkins, that examine philosophy and spirituality, on similar terms, absent the constraints of religion. The book does not attack religious morality, rather it attempts to bridge it to secular humanist ideas about inherent self-worth and dignity of all people. It also provides a counter-argument to some of the writing of Nietzsche.


    Have you listened to any of Martin Sheen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listener of Martin Sheen narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sincerity and intellectual honesty of the writing impressed me. D'alai Lama writes from deep conviction and continual concern for fellow human beings.


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