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Beyond Religion Audiobook

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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    Thomas 01-09-12
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    "Great book"

    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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    Robert Mesquite, TX, United States 01-09-12
    Robert Mesquite, TX, United States 01-09-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I got bored with it and quit listening after about 30 minutes. I really did not to grade/review this book book Audible kept on sending me reminders to do so. My only recommendation is to receive a free preview chapter, listen to it, and, if the mood strikes you, download the remaining book. Had I been able to read the book rather then just listen to it, I might have been more interested.


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    Linda Andrews, NC, United States 01-09-12
    Linda Andrews, NC, United States 01-09-12
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    "The information in this book is well worth hearing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Religion to be better than the print version?

    I would rather have the print version. Martin Sheen's voice was overacted and it was difficult to listen to. When he read chapter titles in his normal voice it was good. The whole book should have been done that way.


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

    I mostly just endured listening to it. I will get a print copy to absorb its wonderful truths.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Sheen?

    Vic Mignogna or Morgan Freeman


    Any additional comments?

    Charlie Sheen, with his fake, projected voice, was a terrible choice for the Dali Llama's book.

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    Kathy Universal City, TX, United States 01-09-12
    Kathy Universal City, TX, United States 01-09-12
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    "Fruitful message for all"
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    ethics summed-up 101


    What did you like best about this story?

    The careful explanation of views on ethics that draws in the most comprehensive of outlooks. It is not for the weak-willed.


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    His tone is properly serious, and he evokes the Dalai Lama's own voice.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Beyond Religion?

    There are important viewpoints beyond one's usual mind-set.


    Any additional comments?

    I have limited experience with audio-books. This particular effort has made me think about obtaining more.

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    Hector Carolina, Puerto Rico 01-09-12
    Hector Carolina, Puerto Rico 01-09-12

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    "Wisdom calls aloud in the streets and this book."
    If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

    Wise, concise, marvelous


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

    Would compare to the Bible in terms of the powerful values and principles presented in a secular way that could yet be experiences in a religious way if wanted.


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice and excellent performance.


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

    Take religion (any religion) apart from moral values and ethical principles and you could get a stand and teach them in a more approachable way and thus accepted by way more people. Teachings based on experience and founded in love for each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it.

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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.

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    Lisa OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-09-12
    Lisa OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-09-12

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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