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No person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. But this has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists have access to powerful technologies, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions.
Yet the Dalai Lama shows how the challenges of globalization can also move us in another direction, to a deeper plane where nations, cultures, and individuals connect through their shared human nature. All major religions confront the same perennial questions; each has distinct forms of expression. But this marvelous diversity of insight has the potential for inspiring dialogue that can enrich everyone’s pursuit of wisdom.
Toward a True Kinship of Faiths explores where differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated without serving as sources of conflict, as well as offers a hopeful yet realistic look at how humanity must step into the future.
©2010 Dalai Lama (P)2010 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 07-27-10

Please Listen to This Book

In less than two weeks I have listened to "Toward a True Kinship of Faiths" three times and have learned something new each time. This is without question the best talk on comparative theology I have ever heard anywhere. My life has been dramatically improved by the well researched and skillfully explained concepts this book contains.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-18-11

Very good

This book contains an overview of the worlds major religions by a man who is not only a master of his own tradition, but has sincerely embraced the essence of many other traditions. Often speaking form personal experience, the Dalai Lama makes interesting and inspiring comparisons between the worlds religions (including atheism) and also speaks to their differences.

He also discusses obstacles to inter-religious understanding including the particular problem of exclusivity and fundamentalism.

Mr. Gere's narration was exceptional.

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