Start reading Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
This title is not currently available for purchase
Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World [Kindle Edition]

Dalai Lama , Alexander Norman
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

Pricing information not available.

Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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

Review

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1194 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Signal (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DXOOTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
164 of 174 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I always learn something from reading/listening to H.H. the Dalai Lama. It doesn't matter that I'm not Buddhist. It doesn't matter that when listening to him, sometimes I struggle a bit with his accent (perhaps this is good, as I listen more closely). I always learn--and go away with the resolve to be a bit kinder, a bit more compassionate.

This book is no exception. It was a book I could only read a few pages of...before needing to think and contemplate what I read. I suppose I could have read it all in one night, but then I wouldn't have gotten as much out of it. It reminded me a lot of Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (Borzoi Books) Which I also highly recommend if you want to explore Compassion more.

The title, "Beyond Religion" may be off-putting to some--especially Americans who tend to love to identify their belief in God. Even though Western Europe may have more self-professed atheists/agnostics, the point is not that God is not necessary...but that there are certain values/ethics which do and should go beyond whatever religion one professes to believe. These are universal ethics...universal truths...such as compassion. If we, as a World, would look at the vast inequality which exists today and would operate out of a universal ethic of compassion--we'd have less inequality, less hunger, less wars, less problems.

In one part of the book, H.H. says he is sympathetic to Marxist/Socialism due to all of the inequality he sees--and I realize this might be off-putting for some. Please, go beyond it. Heck, re-read the Sermon on the Mount, or look at any great religious figure and you'll see that the Robin Hood principle is pretty universal.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new secular approach to universal ethics October 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World is the latest written contribution of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in his efforts for building a more compassionate and peaceful world. An awareness of the fundamental interconnectedness between ourselves as individuals and the societies to which we belong is his major theme.

His Holiness begins by explaining that secular religion is no longer providing a moral compass for the world, that it is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics. For one thing, many people in the world no longer practice any form of religion. Furthermore, as people of the world become more interconnected in an age of globalization and multicultural societies, ethics based on religion would only appeal to some but would not be meaningful for all. He recognizes that the ultimate source of our global problems lies at the level of the individual. If the individual lacks inner moral values and integrity, no system of laws and regulations will be adequate or effective. Likewise, any religion-based answer to the problem of neglected inner moral values can never be universal, and so will be inadequate. What His Holiness suggests in Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be acceptable to everybody-those individuals of faith and those without- a new secular approach to universal ethics that gives a tolerant respect to religion.

His Holiness explains that ethical conduct does not require adherence to religion provided one realizes every individual's right to be happy and free of suffering.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
In ninth grade religious school, I attended a weekly class in ethics, a class oriented toward discussing, wrestling with and debating contemporary ethical issues. That experience had a lasting impact upon me, leading me to begin a lifelong process of defining and redefining my values, and attempting (too often unsuccessfully) to live in accordance with them. Inevitably then, I was drawn to read BEYOND RELIGION: ETHICS FOR A WHOLE WORLD.

BEYOND RELIGION by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, addresses the need for us today to commit "to developing and applying inner values in our daily lives." Due to the waning influence of religion in the western world, to a loosening of ethical standards in the media, and the lack of responsible values-oriented parenting in millions of families, many of us lack a moral center of gravity, and are easily swayed by external influences.

Even those who are religious may not have internalized their values. Such internalization is not gained through commandments directed at the superego and beginning "thou shalt" or "thou shalt not." Rather, it involves the embracing of one's values at a cellular level, so that they penetrate into our very core and become an inner foundation directing every action.

Ethics may be one facet of religion but we do not have to subscribe to a particular religion in order to cultivate a personal and social ethical orientation. The Dalai Lama - although he does present Buddhist precepts in regard to ethical action, levels of understanding and kinds of generosity - takes a nonsecular approach. Clearly, and with a rare blend of simplicity and profundity, he delineates attitudes and practices that can enable us to live more consciously, compassionately and ethically.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommeded Reading.
Go far enough and you find a common thread of peace connecting us all.
Published 7 days ago by Misty Day
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair
I think the Dalai lama is fair in his approach to an ethic that supersedes religion. While his background remains clear and his perspective heavily influenced, his goal toward a... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Tyman pyper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the Dali Lama's most readable books for the Western World.
Published 15 days ago by Suzanne C. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby's happy
Got this for my husband and he is very very happy with it. Read it in about two days. He recommends it - I will read it soon
Published 27 days ago by Tammy
2.0 out of 5 stars There are so many books written by and about the Dalai Lama that...
I usually adore anything written by the Dalai Lama...so insightful, wise, thoughtful, loving, compassionate and devoted...but, this book is disappointing. It's disjointed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by EmmaGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple reading, but powerful message
I really like his prose, as well as his message. This book is an easy read, not enough to teach you much but enough to get you thinking and motivated. Highly recommended. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bill Gatliff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great easy to read/ understand book
About non secular ethics. It was assigned for a class and I
Enjoyed it personally
Published 2 months ago by Diane Broton
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book and a must read for humanity!
The Dalai Lama has truly created a work of philosophy and secular thinking for the ages. If only we as a race could evolve and shed our belief that religion has a monopoly on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Sowards
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written.
I read this book for the first time a few years ago and it changed my life. It's a go to book for life!
It's like a Bible to me, but better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lauren Markovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond my Expectations
Once again Dalai Lama showed me his amazing wisdom through simplicity. This book is a most read for all of us experiencing the impact of technology and globalization in our own... Read more
Published 3 months ago by George Cordoba
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category