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.
"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)
The thoughts and reflections of the Dali Lama show a man who is worldly and wise beyond my expectations. I expected him to be more spiritual and have less understanding of the secular world. His good sense and connection to the world surprised me. His understanding of the problems we face and ideas for ways to confront them surprised me more. After years of fanatical religious rhetoric in the world from all corners, this sensible man and his deep thinking and understanding give me hope for all of us.
The voice of the narrator seemed like a great fit for the words the Dali Lama put together. I did not know till just now that it was Martin Sheen, though I did feel that I knew that voice from somewhere. His slightly gravelly timbre felt warm and friendly as well as very clear in his narration. I was happy to listen to him. Thank you, Mr. Sheen. (This is not a story so there are not characters.)
I haven't finished the book yet but when I do I plan to listen to it again. The idea that someone can be deeply religious and forgiving, accepting and welcoming at the same time made me feel refreshed.
I loved the message - in order to change the world, we must all become compassionate, and that compassion exists outside religious boundaries.
All was wonderful
Compassion, and mindfulness are key.
Yes I would, because the Dalai Lama is a world known wise/ spiritual person that everyone should listen to in order to be help measure other spiritual council etc.
excellent voice, very clear.
yes, to think deeper about world problems and ways that different religions can agree, come together.
Outstanding perspectives and suggestions that learning to look at the world - and oneself - in the most constructive manner.
Intelligent Understanding Acceptance
There was no agenda. Simply a reflection on our capacity of intelligence & understanding towards humanity
There were many sections of this book that were enlightening. Unfortunately, there were also repetitive sections. I found my mind drifting off during several of the sections.
I don't think I would like to try another book by Dalai Lama because I felt that the majority of the information was common sense. I also thought that he was repetitive through the chapters.
Martin Sheen is an excellent reader and brings the story to life.
No, it is not that type of story. It is a philosophy book.
The thoughtfulness of the story line and the manner in which the message is conveyed to the listener.
Have not listened before.
Broadened my conceptions of other religions.
Should be on everyone'as reading list.
I haven't read the print version, but the audio version is very nice to listen to. Martin Sheen does a wonderful job with the narration.
I love that the Dalai Lama doesn't talk down to you in this book, but instead provides rational reasoning to why would should find our human connections and how similar we all are.
I haven't listened to any other of Martin Sheen's narrations, but I would be more inclined to purchase an audio book if he was the narrator.
Nothing particular, but he makes very valid points on how to reach a reasoning in society that will work for everyone, regardless of religion or lack of it.
I am a huge West Wing fan so listening to Martin Sheen read to me was like listening to him as the president... a bit strange actually, but very enjoyable!
He has great inflection.
I have been thinking for quite some time that organized religion is the reason for most of the problems in the world. The Dali Lama didn't actually agree with me on that but what he did say is that the world needs a set of non religion based values... human values, which I definately agree with.
The Dalai Lama's egoless and all inclusive message of kindness and compassion is one for every human. He steps above his religious beliefs to reach out all people.
It is a message for every human and if people actually listened to the message and put it into practice it would have an amazing impact on our society.
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