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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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    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 2010

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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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 2011

    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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