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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged; Unabridged edition (Dec 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455854263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455854264
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The most influential person in the world" Time magazine "He draws crowds that no other spiritual leader or politican could hope to match...he seems to look at life in a different way to everyone else" The Times "A man of great intelligence and charm...(the Dalai Lama) has become the lynch pin of hope for a great many people." Professor Robert Thurman, author of Infinite Life "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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual 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 Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 23 2012
Format: Hardcover
"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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By Big Bill TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 17 2014
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Another fine book by the Dalai Lama , this time addressing the need for secular ethics. Secular means worldly and lasting through the ages , so while respecting all religions , it is a call for the Human Race to come together for the betterment and survival of us all.
Like all his books it is easy and comforting to read.
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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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