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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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    E. Edmonton, AB, Canada 01-03-12
    E. Edmonton, AB, Canada 01-03-12
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    "Excellent food for thought!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Religion to be better than the print version?

    I strongly recommend this audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Dalai Lama gives many concrete examples of what is important in life, regardless of religious affiliation as well as for those who don't have any interest in religion.How can we work together for the greater good of humanity?


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    Excellent! Enthusiastic, motivating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not practical - listened to it over 3 days in a row. Listened to it again the following week - got more out of it. Lots of things to think about.


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    CHARLES Miami, FL, United States 01-02-12
    CHARLES Miami, FL, United States 01-02-12
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    "True words from wisdom"
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    A must read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Martin Sheen. His clarity of voice during the reading.


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

    First one. It was great. I would listen to him again.


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

    Worldly respect of all things.


    Any additional comments?

    Great investment of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pemsi Tokyo, Japan 01-02-12
    Pemsi Tokyo, Japan 01-02-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes. allows you to see more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His Holiness


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not really!


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

    someone who has a stronger and grounding effect.


    Any additional comments?

    non.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 12-22-11
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2014

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Not my cup of tea, but good ideas!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If my friend enjoyed self help books than yes, if not no. I do wish that the US Congress, (especially the House) would find it in their stocking this year. ;o)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This is a self help book, so the ending was basically a summation of the book. It was fine.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Who doesn't like the President from the West Wing? There were moments I felt he was getting into the rhythm of His Holiness too much so that it felt like a parody. Also with his son Charlie in the news so much, I did wander towards


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Never. A documentary of the Dalia Lama I might.


    Any additional comments?

    This book didn't grab me, I am not much interested in it. For those of you wanting to learn from the master on how to meditate, go to Section 13, (Chapter 10) and skip the rest of the book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Fred London, ON, Canada 12-20-11
    Fred London, ON, Canada 12-20-11
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    "Great Subject and Authour. Poor delivery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Religion to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The content


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mr Sheen really pushed his intonation needlessly and separate files for each chapter would make the book readable. I cant pause and restart at the same point, therefore going to a noted chapter would make the reading easier.


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

    an agreement with my feelings that a common feeling of secularism and the practice of it could lead to world peace.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 12-10-11
    Tim United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "All Worlds Saint"

    If we follow Dalai Lama's ways, we will have peace on Earth and all kind to all man, but we don't. I'm not a fan of Dalai Lama and some of his beliefs are too extreme even for an utopia world, but he has a good point of the nature of being human and have compassion for others.

    There are some people will go out of their way to hold a door for someone, and others that won't lift a finger to help.

    If it was up to the Dalai Lama, everyone would be doormen.

    The book was good, but there was a lot of personal rhetoric, which is given and acceptable because it is the Dalai Lama.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bubbles' Mom CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-14-12
    Bubbles' Mom CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2015

    Esperafe

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    "My respect for the Dalai Lama has increased"
    Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

    I have listened to this book about 5 times since I downloaded 2 months ago. And I will listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The title speaks to what is best about this story.


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

    Martin Sheen's narration of the Dalai Lama was interesting. But it appears that he did this book justice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Ah, yes. If I coulda, I woulda listened in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    He boldly challenges the traditional notion that forces us to equate goodness to being part of a religion. It's a concept many would argue but, for me, his thoughts and theories are rather enlighting and affirming.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-12-12
    Diana Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-12-12
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    "Couldn't hear it!!!!"
    What would have made Beyond Religion better?

    I wanted to listen, but the sound was too faint. couldn't figure out how to increase the volume.


    What could His Holiness the Dalai Lama have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not his fault


    Would you be willing to try another one of Martin Sheen’s performances?

    If I could hear it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond Religion?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    If there is a way to increase the volume on my Kindle, please tell me about it!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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