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Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World | [His Holiness the Dalai Lama]

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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    Amazon Customer Buckley, WA, United States 01-09-12
    Amazon Customer Buckley, WA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great message, Martin Sheen's reading not"
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    We're all human


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

    No


    Did Martin Sheen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters. Martin should have read normally instead of trying to sound like the Dali Lama


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

    I wouldn't make a film of this book


    Any additional comments?

    The ideas in this book are powerful and real. It's too bad there is so much fear and prejudice among people to ever make it a reality.

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    Cynthia The Woodlands, TX USA 01-09-12
    Cynthia The Woodlands, TX USA 01-09-12
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    "The Perfect Narrater"
    Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

    Yes, as there was so much WISDOM and COMMON SENSE[much lacking in today's majority] that you will perceive newness in understanding everytime you replay.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simplicity of it.


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

    No I've never listened to any of Martin Sheen's readings before. I had just watched him in THE WAY[a surprisingly good movie] which lead major credibility to his reading this book. From the few times I have heard the Dalai Lama speak I believe he picked up his speech nuances quite well.


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

    Not sure about a film?


    Any additional comments?

    It was a wonderful surprise and gift to be offered the oppurtunity to get this for a free download. Otherwise would have had no clue it was around.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn gurnee, IL, United States 01-09-12
    Lynn gurnee, IL, United States 01-09-12
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    "Loaded with truth"

    The Dahli Lama makes a powerful case that religion and ethics should be seperated, with ethics taught as a regular school course. Once freed from religion, it can more naturally move to universal principals that most would agree with (respect, freedom, forgiveness, etc). He articulates rather nicely what has been rattling around in my own head for the last few years, although the Dahli Lama still argues for an important role for religion. The narriative is peppered heavily with anecdotes which sometimes miss the mark, but usually are engaging. I have to admit to it taking a long time to get used to Martin Sheen's voice reading these words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi rohnert park, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Heidi rohnert park, CA, United States 01-09-12
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    "Very enlightening on many levels."
    Where does Beyond Religion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book I listened to and I liked the naration very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters, just the Dali Lama's story


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    I felt that he read the book as if the Dali Lama was speaking through him.


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

    It made me think about how I am in relation to the world


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susane Bellingham, WA, United States 01-09-12
    Susane Bellingham, WA, United States 01-09-12
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    "I asked for help did not get it for download"
    What disappointed you about Beyond Religion?

    if you have a Mac it will not work


    Has Beyond Religion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not happy with the help they gave me to download...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benita Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-09-12
    Benita Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-09-12
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    "Uses science in unsupported ways"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you've got a scientific or medical background, you will find yourself saying


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    Amazon Customer Monroeville, PA, United States 01-09-12
    Amazon Customer Monroeville, PA, United States 01-09-12

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    "Recommended for Atheists and Theists."
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    Debunks the myth that ethics must be tied to religion.


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

    Excellent diction: I was able to listen at 1.5x speed and still have clear understanding.


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

    I am not alone in having personal ethics without religious beliefs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    latioswang ann arbor, MI, United States 01-09-12
    latioswang ann arbor, MI, United States 01-09-12
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    "a good first Dalai Lama for a brain washed Chinese"

    I've been told that Dalai Lama is the evil dictator of Tibet for years in school before I got to know how to circumvent the Chinese government's internet censorship.
    This is the first book written by Dalai Lama that I've read. It contains many inspiring thoughts and provoking ideas far exceed a taught atheist's opinion about a religious leader. And the narrator's English is quiet understandable for a non-native English speaker. I think that's also because the book is written in simple and concise English words.
    I really learned a lot from the thoughts in this book. Recommended for anyone who cares about their mental development.

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    Lynn Seminole, Florida USA 01-09-12
    Lynn Seminole, Florida USA 01-09-12
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    "Always worth listening!!!"
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    The idea that moral and ethics, doing the right thing, is something we all already know. So lets act on it.


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

    Other Dali Lama books.


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

    I like to see, hear, and feel a good idea. Having as history as an autditory learning and enjoying the company of a good story teller, Sheen had a great voice for the message.


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

    It made me think and remind me of what I already know.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great message from a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DUSTIN United States 01-09-12
    DUSTIN United States 01-09-12
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    "Lives up to the title"
    Have you listened to any of Martin Sheen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but his reading is spot-on. Neither dry & robotic nor too over the top.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a book for Buddhists, but for humanity. Suitable & applicable for anyone of any, or even no faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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