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)
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.
An absolutely beautiful, thoughtful and relevant view of spiritual ethics which goes beyond, yet not in opposition to, formal religions.
Dali Lama - spiritual light.
insightful, personal, challenging
It truly spoke to all persons with a positive attitude that did not have to condemn others to get a point explained clearly.
This was a first for me - Martin Sheen was clear,and an appropriate tone and enthusiams
a method of meditation
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.
Beyond Religion was my first audiobook experience.
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.
Sheen's voice gives the illusion of listening to the Dalai Lama directly.
This book is highly enlightening. It makes you think about what is really important in life.
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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