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)
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.
It's important to regularly remind myself of what I believe and why it matters to me. I have the tendency to become rushed and caught up in things that need to be done, and when this happens I can forget what I value in life. This reading both reminds me of the importance of a compassionate and mindful attitude, and provides practical advice on the practice of meditation as a way stay grounded in what is most important to me.
The book is written in a logical format, and presents its arguments in a convincing manner.
Martin Sheen reads as though he finds the text profound and insightful, which makes his meaning resonate with the listener.
Yep. I have it on in the background while I do other things.
While I am certainly familiar with Martin Sheen's work and definitely with the Dalai Lama using his own voice and that of an interpretor this was a strange duo that I couldn't get past.
No because my friends are just as used to regular translators as I am.
Nothing personally. I don't know that he's Buddhist, that might help. His voice is very white American.
How to get the goodness out of Buddhism without the Religion.
My brother is musing alot these days about greed, prejudice and ethics. So much of this book speaks directly to his bitterness, disillusion and frustrations with the world. It offers a hopeful prognosis on the state of humanity.
His intonation could be mistaken for the Dalai Lama's voice....
I will practice compassion and discernment on a daily basis.
This is just right for the time we are in. All over, people need to follow these ideas for a good life.
This is written by the biggest
such a smooth voice.
The movie to bring your congressman to.
I am going to recommend this to all my friends and family.
The words of the Dalai Lama, narrated by Martin Sheen was perfect. Making me experience hope for the world.... Should we all reach this level of compassion..
Compassion, as a human need and right, should be given to all.
There was no one memorable moment, but the book was permeated with love and compassion for all beings, and the Dalai Lama describing his own internal struggles while taking a stand for his people and others.
Martin Sheen narrated the book in the first person as the Dalai Lama. His reading was very clear and straightforward, as one would want for a nonfiction book.
Not really, but that's not the point of a book like this. I felt comforted.
I think that anyone interested in communicating effectively with someone of a different religious background--no matter what your own spiritual beliefs are--could benefit from reading/listening to this book. It's important, particularly for people who consider themselves deeply religious, to understand that ethics can, and indeed must, have a secular basis.
I have been a huge fan of the Dalai Lama forever and then audible.com were giving away this for free I jumped on it.
The message of the Dalai Lama, as always, simple, intelligent, wise, to the point, is worthwhile in any medium.
Martin Sheen, on the other hand, I was surprised about. A great actor, I thought he'd be good at reading this book. At times I felt he was over acting, adding more character than needed to deliver the message, like he was reading to a 5 year old. At times he was really good, reading without embellishment, and this is how this book should be read.
When the Lama explained that even a hardened criminal is a human being who needs to feel connected
Strive to be more compassionate when difficult situations arise
Great book with practical advice on changing the cultural mindset to foster an ethical society based on compassion and lovingkindness. A must for anyone interested education or mental health.
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