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Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World Hardcover – Dec 6 2011

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Signal (Dec 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771046030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771046032
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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An unprecedented event: a beloved world religious leader proposes a way to lead an ethical, happy, and spiritual life beyond religion and offers a program of mental training 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 ethics for our shared world, one that gives full respect to religion. With the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a stirring appeal for what he calls a "third way," a path to an ethical and happy life and to 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 may choose not to identify with a religious tradition, yet still yearn for a life of spiritual fulfillment as they work for a better world.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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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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