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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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    Xin Hillsboro, NH, United States 01-09-12
    Xin Hillsboro, NH, United States 01-09-12
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    "So so"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, This book is Ok, but it is not very good to recommend to a friend.


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

    None


    What three words best describe Martin Sheen’s voice?

    clear, soft, nice


    Do you think Beyond Religion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this one is enough.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-09-12
    Lisa OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-09-12

    Juggling Mom

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    "Martin Sheen's voice becomes the Dalai Lama!"

    I highly recommend this book. It is full of wisdom, anecdotes and teachings on how to exist peacefully in an imperfect world. Martin Sheen's voice somehow perfectly fits with the visual image of the Dalai Lama and gives his words both the weight and the wittiness this holy man is known for delivering. Understanding he is a leader who cannot return to his own home due to the Chinese occupation of Tibet gives his call for living with empathy for all, especially your enemies, a sense of spiritual truth. This is not heavy philosophy, but practical advice that can be immediately incorporated into everyday living.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Ojai, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Sharon Ojai, CA, United States 01-09-12
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    "A msut read for every human on the planet."

    Martin Sheen brings the words to life. This is the book that can change everything we know and everything we are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Brownsboro, AL, United States 01-09-12
    Richard Brownsboro, AL, United States 01-09-12
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    "How Refreshing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

    It was refreshing to have a person of the spirituality of the Dali Lama suggest that ethics are not limited to the monotheistic beings of this world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I said above.


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

    No.


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

    It made me feel emotionally satisfied.


    Any additional comments?

    There needs to be more literature of this type.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gbonart la, CA, United States 01-09-12
    gbonart la, CA, United States 01-09-12
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    "Ponder This !"
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    centering


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

    water and tea


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

    even


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

    water and tea


    Any additional comments?

    The download overpowered my xp pc. I heard 1 Hour and the the hard drive crashed. As a result I was ushered into a new system. Thanks for the boost DL..............I can hardly wait to see/hear what the next 3 hours present

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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