Beyond Religion

  • by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Narrated by Martin Sheen
  • 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) lends his distinguished voice to this stirring call to move beyond religion for the guidance to improve human life on individual, community, and global levels, including a guided meditation practice 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 secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, but, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, makes a claim for what the Dalai Lama calls a third way. This is a universal code of ethics that transcends religion boundaries, that recognizes our common humanity and advocates for 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 yearn for a life fulfilled and a better world.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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An Easy and Informative Listen

This book was given to me as a gift, and I was at first reluctant to pick it up. Once I started digging in, however, I found it memorizing and captivating. The Dalai Lama starts with a basic vocabulary of ethics and morality that starts with our physical sensory input and goes to our enjoyment (or not) of the inputs. From these building blocks, he then goes into how one's moods, innate character, and emotions form our perceptions and projections of everything around us. He contends that in the course of the world, we are but mere blips in the timeline of humanity, so we must use the time well, recognizing that we're connected to everyone else, and learning to expand our compassion and generosity. Finally, the last part of the book walks thru some meditation techniques that allow the reader to build their connectedness and compassion. Recommended!
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- TEDDET

Beyond Religion-An Unmeasurable Gift to the world!

What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

There are several things that came together in having me participate in listening to my first ever owned audio book. In my life time with post graduate work, working in the professional business world and as a Retired US Army Major- which sums to more than just 24+ years - I never once owned a book ON: tape, 8 track, LP, reel 2 reel, phonograph, cassette, CD and now a Download! This was an free offer ad of an audio book on FB. I read the first few reviews and had some reluctancy due to the comments made on downloading. I'm am by no means a cyber guru and quite the opposite needing help when it comes to the technical world of gaget changes. But this is the Dali Lami AND it's Martin Sheen narrating and it's FREE! After reading the instructions thoughtfully and carefully I took the plung and with no additional help from a tech wizard - behold within 3 minutes the download was complete, double clicked to move to my iTunes file and then another click to verify both my password and log on ids for Amazon - then low and behold a voice from heaven (that would be my Bose speakers connected to my 27


What about Martin Sheen’s performance did you like?

Martin Sheen is a real gem amongst entertainers. That along with his background history of participating authentically in social matters - he has the credibility of being granted a man worth listening to.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and the truth be told, I don't have any experience in double tasking and listen to something as important as this. Oh believe me, I know how to quadruple task when I'm in one of those mandatory attendance boring meetings and speeches using my blackberry and iPad to escape. Not this one. I almost wish that there was a visual aid of sorts that might be related. Maybe over tea with a friend listening in with me. I'll figure something for the last couple of hours or start over and invite that friend.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios