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Beyond Religion Audiobook

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

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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.

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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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    elaine United States 01-26-12
    elaine United States 01-26-12
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    "The Dali Lama wows!"
    Where does Beyond Religion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.)


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

    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.


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    Heidi Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-23-12
    Heidi Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-23-12
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    "Excellent message, well delivered"
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    I loved the message - in order to change the world, we must all become compassionate, and that compassion exists outside religious boundaries.


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

    All was wonderful


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

    no characters!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Compassion, and mindfulness are key.


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    Luis Chicago, IL, United States 01-23-12
    Luis Chicago, IL, United States 01-23-12

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    "Excellent, humanly wise, observant."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before, how does this one compare?

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

    excellent voice, very clear.


    Did Beyond Religion inspire you to do anything?

    yes, to think deeper about world problems and ways that different religions can agree, come together.


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    Curt Aurora, OR, United States 01-23-12
    Curt Aurora, OR, United States 01-23-12
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    "Lessons for all of us"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

    Outstanding perspectives and suggestions that learning to look at the world - and oneself - in the most constructive manner.


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    Stella 01-22-12
    Stella 01-22-12
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    "Reality for humanity"
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent Understanding Acceptance


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was no agenda. Simply a reflection on our capacity of intelligence & understanding towards humanity


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    Lisa Hallstead, PA, United States 01-22-12
    Lisa Hallstead, PA, United States 01-22-12
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    "Good information"
    What did you like best about Beyond Religion? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from His Holiness the Dalai Lama? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Martin Sheen is an excellent reader and brings the story to life.


    Could you see Beyond Religion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it is not that type of story. It is a philosophy book.


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    Eileen United States 01-17-12
    Eileen United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought provoking!"
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    The thoughtfulness of the story line and the manner in which the message is conveyed to the listener.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


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

    Have not listened before.


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

    Broadened my conceptions of other religions.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be on everyone'as reading list.

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    Jodi BUFFALO, NY, United States 01-16-12
    Jodi BUFFALO, NY, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Religion to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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    Jordan 01-16-12
    Jordan 01-16-12
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    "A refreshing point of view!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    He has great inflection.


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

    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.


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    Douglas Denver, CO, United States 01-16-12
    Douglas Denver, CO, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Kindness and compassion"
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    No


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