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Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World Paperback – November 6, 2012
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--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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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 ›
One of the most interesting things the Dalia Lama says in this book is that almost all the world's problems can be traced back to a failure of individual morality. If we can all develop and strengthen our inner values then we truly can transform the world.
I would recommend Beyond Religion to people who were not very familiar with Buddhism, but were interested in developing a spiritual path-- especially outside of a religious tradition-- and in training their mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hear HH The Dalai Lama speak on the subject of secular ethics when he was visiting Atlanta a few years ago. Read morePublished 17 days ago by lisagrantvail
A lay and a secular proposal for ethics and values that may be shared by all human beings, and this book is as well a calling for change the basis we think and feel about the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jesus G. Cervantes Martinez
The book as two parts. The first discusses secular ethics and the second mental development. The discussion of secular ethics is outstanding. Non religious and pragmatic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve in Atlanta
Yes he has something here for the future, a world ethic that transcends religions. But sadly the point was made early and then the book drifted off for me especially as, obviously,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Pearson
"So long as people give priority to material values, then injustice, corruption, inequity, intolerance, and greed—all the outward manifestations of neglect of inner values—will... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BRUSSOSA
As the Book's title suggests, humanity should be universally fulfilled without boundaries of any type, while His Holiness did carry forward his vision via the book media !Published 3 months ago by Tai sing FONG
So inspirational. The Dalai Lama is amazing. If you are looking for some inspiration into being altruistic, this is your book.Published 3 months ago by aklyons