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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Worth contemplation

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

His intonation could be mistaken for the Dalai Lama's voice....

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

I will practice compassion and discernment on a daily basis.

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  • Mark
  • West Bend, WI, United States
  • 01-10-12

This should be required reading; all politicians.

What did you love best about Beyond Religion?

This is just right for the time we are in. All over, people need to follow these ideas for a good life.

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

This is written by the biggest

What does Martin Sheen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

such a smooth voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The movie to bring your congressman to.

Any additional comments?

I am going to recommend this to all my friends and family.

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Thought provoking and visionary

What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

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..

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

Compassion, as a human need and right, should be given to all.

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  • Steve
  • Huntington Station, NY, United States
  • 01-10-12

Wisdom for our troubled world...

If you could sum up Beyond Religion in three words, what would they be?

Potentially world-changing.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Not really, but that's not the point of a book like this. I felt comforted.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Worth every penny!

Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

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.<br/><br/>The message of the Dalai Lama, as always, simple, intelligent, wise, to the point, is worthwhile in any medium. <br/><br/>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. <br/>

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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A great book for non-religious & religious humans

Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Religion to be better than the print version?

Yes

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

When the Lama explained that even a hardened criminal is a human being who needs to feel connected

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

Strive to be more compassionate when difficult situations arise

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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
  • Frisco, TX, United States
  • 01-09-12

Overall grade of incomplete

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

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

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.