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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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    ben capozzi SoBo, VA, United States 01-14-12
    ben capozzi SoBo, VA, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2008

    Foxish, with some Hedgehoggery.

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    "Surprising Stance from the Head of a Major 'Faith'"

    Not that Buddhism (in my experience and practice), is particularly faith-driven. Still, many may be surprised to hear a religious 'father' advocate and articulate universal morality and ethics without faith-based or doctrinal foundations.

    The book is short, practical, well-reasoned, easy to follow, and includes positive prescriptions that can be carried out in the everyday lives of even busy secularists. (I was deeply affected by Hitchens' 'God is Not Great', which did not dislodge philosophical Buddhism's appeal to me, and this book reaffirms my comfort with that affection.)

    More than a few readers may be surprised by just how well-read the Dalai Lama is in contemporary neurology and recent science about the brain. Indeed, I look forward to contrasting his opinions here with those of a moral atheist like Sam Harris or a behaviorist like Steven Pinker. If you read more by His Holiness, I think you will be struck by how vigorous and stimulating his intellectual life is.

    It must be hard as a narrator to find the 'voice' of the Dalai Lama in a short treatise like this, and while Mr Sheen does a fine job, I found it a distracting listen at times perhaps because he is so well-known. A less high-profile reader may have been called for here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Visalia, CA, United States 01-03-12
    Donna Visalia, CA, United States 01-03-12
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    "Our Ethics are Slipping"
    Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

    I'll probably listen again out of respect for the Dalai Lama's position and the knowledge that he has given more time than the average citizen to his subject. And I'm sure salient points were missed in my first review.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting advice came from the Tibetan exercises for self-control and listening to others. Descriptions of the Dalai Lama's travels weren't particularly interesting to me.


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

    N/A Martin Sheen's narration was a big part of having chosen Beyond Religion. He's an intelligent, exceptional reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The world is taking on some pretty important transitions in this century. I would encourage everyone to read to learn, and read across the lines of religion, politics, finance, nature and conservation and especially history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Emmett, ID, United States 12-07-11
    Andrea Emmett, ID, United States 12-07-11
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    "Love it!!!"
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    Wise words needed in a dark time! I look forward to listening to it again and again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Dalai Lama has such a way of teaching that it touches the mind and the soul!


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    Such a strong voice that fits the overall meaning behind the Dalai Lama's words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think!


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to getting the written book as well!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    AMJ Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-20-12
    AMJ Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-20-12

    Mil

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    "My First Audiobook"

    Excellent choice as a first listen. I've never read any of the Dalai Lama's books, but I'm a Martin Sheen fan, and religion/spirituality is one of my favorite topics.

    While I'm still in the early stages of the book, I find Martin Sheen soothing and enthralling as narrator; a wonderful choice for this read.

    The book,so far, is quite diverse on the aspects it covers; some more captivating than others.

    While I was never really interested in audio books (I love my Kindle), I must say, this favorable experience is, so far, leaving me open to the possibility of future "audio reads", albeit on a narrow, extremely selective basis.

    I'm extremely pleased that I was drawn to this book as my first audio read, though nowhere near finished.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Regan New York 01-09-12
    Gary Regan New York 01-09-12 Member Since 2009

    With Lotsa Love from gaz regn

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    "Can't be Faulted"

    The apect of the Dalai Lama that I most admire is the fact that he doesn't seem in the least bit interested in converting anyone to Tibetan Buddhism. All of his energy seems to go into pointing out that we can enjoy our lives more fully, and help others do the same, simply by following a few basic principals. I love the fact that he takes the religion out of his philosophy, and just tells it like it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-03-12
    Andrew SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to learn. Learn to live. Live to love.

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    "Fantastic book, takes a while to get used to Sheen"
    What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

    I've never listened to nor read anything by His Holiness the Dalai Lama but found myself really enjoying it during my drives.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The messages have a nice balance of idealism and practicality


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    He read it well and it took me a while to get used to him just because he is so familiar from films and what not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roberto DF, Mexico 01-03-12
    Roberto DF, Mexico 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, clear ideas."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's not a book about religions, but about general human values that remain the same trough time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clarity of thinking in the ideas that the Dalai Lama reveals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he says


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

    There is no significative difference between the most important religions, and it is mandatory that religious and not religious people start living their values.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pema Woodside, NY, United States 01-03-12
    Pema Woodside, NY, United States 01-03-12
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    "Essentially most important element for humane"
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

    Most important book I have read in my life.


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No...instead spiritually awaken me


    Any additional comments?

    Read it for yourself and for others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand 01-02-12
    Amazon Customer Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand 01-02-12
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    "the way of the future"
    Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

    I have listened to this twice - it's that good!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dali Lama presents an alternative to tired ideas - and hope for a better and unifed world.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita North Babylon, NY, United States 01-02-12
    Rita North Babylon, NY, United States 01-02-12
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    "Excellent food for thought and conjecture."
    Where does Beyond Religion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    my first Audiobook


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although people found this book controversial or anti-religious....it's obvious they didn't read it. It is meant to unite people unlike secular religion that divides people who worship differently, It suggests more of moral and ethical examination and behavior that should be adopted and practiced by all mankind regardless of religion...the point is to unite.


    What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

    Martin Sheen is an excellent choice to narrate, He is well spoken and as a staunch Catholic he is not offended by the text.


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

    Too many pages for one sitting, very delightful to enjoy at night during relaxed state.


    Any additional comments?

    I commend both the Dalai Lama and Martin Sheen for joining together to expand the human consciousness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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