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Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World [Hardcover]

Dalai Lama , Alexander Norman
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Dec 6 2011
A bracing and essential modern-day polemic from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion is a blueprint for all those who yearn for a life of spiritual fulfillment as they work for a better world. This is HHDL's new model for mutual respect and understanding - rooted in our shared humanity - between religious believers and non-believers.

Ten years ago, in his bestselling 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 - 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."

This is a system of secular ethics that transcends religion.

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Praise for Beyond Religion

"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
 
"An impressive guide for teaching religious tolerance and respect to readers of all ages."
—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama ... shares lessons learned from a remarkable life, in turn showing us how to live our own lives with compassion, non-violence and love." 
— Fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu
 
"[The Dalai Lama writes] with candor, great charm, and good humor . . ." 
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About the Author

TENZIN GYATSO, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Wallenberg Award (conferred by the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Foundation), the Albert Schweitzer Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize.

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By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Clearly there are people who believe with complete sincerity that separating ethics from religion is a great mistake. For those...[God] alone can make ethics binding. Without God as the guarantor, they suggest, there is at best only relative truth. And, in this situation, there is no basis for distinguishing right from wrong, from evaluating good and bad or for restraining selfish and destructive impulses and cultivating inner values." Pp's 12-13.

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BEYOND RELIGION is a very carefully crafted argument that states that one (1) ethics is an internal awareness and NOT a learned, behavioral habit. And, two (2) religion (in general) supports the values that one espouses very deeply. Nevertheless, he briefly mentions how religion has supported both altruistic and horrific causes.

This book is broken down into two (2) sections:

1- Examining ethics as an external habit...

H.H. The Dalai Lama, the exiled, spiritual head of The Tibetan people and human rights activist has long taught and published books on issues relating to religion and ethics. What I think we have here is not so much of a divorcing of religion but an examination of the values demonstrated by ethical people of various faiths and those who don't subscribe to any. It is, essentially, an attempt to define "secular humanism" in its most positive sense and ethical behavior in its most fundamental expression.

For The Dalai Lama, at the heart of ethical behavior stands compassion. Without compassion, he points out, there is no basis from which one can connect to another or even have expectations to draw from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethics in a modern world Jan. 27 2014
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The Dalai Lama illustrates the modern requirement for ethics and morality, and shows that the world can have these without Religion - simply by having common virtues and values that every culture can agree on... He takes us through these and, with his own style, illustrates his points with personal anecdotes. Another thoroughly enjoyed read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book Jan. 24 2013
By Joe
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Dalai Lama is a very wonderful writer. His holiness's books are easy to easy to read and understand. He explains why religion can be a blessing and a curse. I wish the world would listen to him, we can have harmony among all peoples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best so important for humanity Nov. 21 2012
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I think this is one of the most important books for a whole world. A great teacher of humanity, HH Dalai Lama
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 14 2014
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a most imperative book for all to read.
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