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Beyond Religion Audiobook

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) lends his distinguished voice to this stirring call to move beyond religion for the guidance to improve human life on individual, community, and global levels, including a guided meditation practice for cultivating key human values.

Ten years ago, in his best-selling Ethics for a New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. Now, in Beyond Religion, the Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, 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, but, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, makes a claim for what the Dalai Lama calls a third way. This is a universal code of ethics that transcends religion boundaries, that recognizes our common humanity and advocates for a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect.

Beyond Religion is an essential statement from the Dalai Lama, a blueprint for all those who yearn for a life fulfilled and a better world.

©2011 His Holiness the Dalai Lama (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An impressive guide for teaching religious tolerance and respect to readers of all ages." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This wise, humane book, an original work rather than a collection of talks, is an incisive statement of His Holiness’s thinking on ways to bring peace to a suffering world." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sister Mendham, NJ, United States 01-13-12
    Sister Mendham, NJ, United States 01-13-12
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    "Dalai Lama speaks with words all can take to heart"
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    insightful, personal, challenging


    What did you like best about this story?

    It truly spoke to all persons with a positive attitude that did not have to condemn others to get a point explained clearly.


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

    This was a first for me - Martin Sheen was clear,and an appropriate tone and enthusiams


    What did you learn from Beyond Religion that you would use in your daily life?

    a method of meditation


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked an outline or a chance to see chapter headlines rather than just chapter numbers.
    If there is a way to do this I do not know how yet.-- Books on Kindle offer a chance to highlight or to make personal notes. There are sections I would like to be able to put my fingers on and share with others.

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    JP Jackson, MS, United States 01-12-12
    JP Jackson, MS, United States 01-12-12
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    "Fantastic for Visually Challenged Readers"
    Where does Beyond Religion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beyond Religion was my first audiobook experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ease with being able to go back and revisit meditation instructions was a best feature of this book. I also enjoyed the historical perspective greatly.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen – was your favorite?

    Sheen's voice gives the illusion of listening to the Dalai Lama directly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is highly enlightening. It makes you think about what is really important in life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anyone who is seeking knowledge Beyond Religion. Some concepts may be challenging to embrace but will allow the reader to think outside the proverbial box. While it causes deep thinking, the conversation about spirituality is subtly energetic.

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    Grace Danville, PA, United States 01-11-12
    Grace Danville, PA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Practical and logical"
    Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

    It's important to regularly remind myself of what I believe and why it matters to me. I have the tendency to become rushed and caught up in things that need to be done, and when this happens I can forget what I value in life. This reading both reminds me of the importance of a compassionate and mindful attitude, and provides practical advice on the practice of meditation as a way stay grounded in what is most important to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is written in a logical format, and presents its arguments in a convincing manner.


    What does Martin Sheen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Martin Sheen reads as though he finds the text profound and insightful, which makes his meaning resonate with the listener.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep. I have it on in the background while I do other things.


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    Pema S. Medford, OR, United States 01-10-12
    Pema S. Medford, OR, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrated by Martin Sheen?"
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    While I am certainly familiar with Martin Sheen's work and definitely with the Dalai Lama using his own voice and that of an interpretor this was a strange duo that I couldn't get past.


    Would you recommend Beyond Religion to your friends? Why or why not?

    No because my friends are just as used to regular translators as I am.


    What didn’t you like about Martin Sheen’s performance?

    Nothing personally. I don't know that he's Buddhist, that might help. His voice is very white American.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to get the goodness out of Buddhism without the Religion.


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    Tina Lakeside, MT, United States 01-10-12
    Tina Lakeside, MT, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth contemplation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My brother is musing alot these days about greed, prejudice and ethics. So much of this book speaks directly to his bitterness, disillusion and frustrations with the world. It offers a hopeful prognosis on the state of humanity.


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    His intonation could be mistaken for the Dalai Lama's voice....


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Beyond Religion?

    I will practice compassion and discernment on a daily basis.


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    Mark West Bend, WI, United States 01-10-12
    Mark West Bend, WI, United States 01-10-12
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    "This should be required reading; all politicians."
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    This is just right for the time we are in. All over, people need to follow these ideas for a good life.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is written by the biggest


    What does Martin Sheen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    such a smooth voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The movie to bring your congressman to.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to recommend this to all my friends and family.

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    Amazon Customer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-10-12
    Amazon Customer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-10-12
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    "Thought provoking and visionary"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

    The words of the Dalai Lama, narrated by Martin Sheen was perfect. Making me experience hope for the world.... Should we all reach this level of compassion..


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Beyond Religion?

    Compassion, as a human need and right, should be given to all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Huntington Station, NY, United States 01-10-12
    Steve Huntington Station, NY, United States 01-10-12

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    "Wisdom for our troubled world..."
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    Potentially world-changing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Religion?

    There was no one memorable moment, but the book was permeated with love and compassion for all beings, and the Dalai Lama describing his own internal struggles while taking a stand for his people and others.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen – was your favorite?

    Martin Sheen narrated the book in the first person as the Dalai Lama. His reading was very clear and straightforward, as one would want for a nonfiction book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but that's not the point of a book like this. I felt comforted.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that anyone interested in communicating effectively with someone of a different religious background--no matter what your own spiritual beliefs are--could benefit from reading/listening to this book. It's important, particularly for people who consider themselves deeply religious, to understand that ethics can, and indeed must, have a secular basis.

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    M san jose, CA, United States 01-09-12
    M san jose, CA, United States 01-09-12
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    "Worth every penny!"
    Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

    I have been a huge fan of the Dalai Lama forever and then audible.com were giving away this for free I jumped on it.

    The message of the Dalai Lama, as always, simple, intelligent, wise, to the point, is worthwhile in any medium.

    Martin Sheen, on the other hand, I was surprised about. A great actor, I thought he'd be good at reading this book. At times I felt he was over acting, adding more character than needed to deliver the message, like he was reading to a 5 year old. At times he was really good, reading without embellishment, and this is how this book should be read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    n/a


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    Enthusiastic Reader Forest Hills, NY, United States 01-09-12
    Enthusiastic Reader Forest Hills, NY, United States 01-09-12
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    "A great book for non-religious & religious humans"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Religion to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Religion?

    When the Lama explained that even a hardened criminal is a human being who needs to feel connected


    What did you learn from Beyond Religion that you would use in your daily life?

    Strive to be more compassionate when difficult situations arise


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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