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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Would you listen to Beyond Religion again? Why?

I've listened to it twice and always hear something new. A forever audiobook...


What other book might you compare Beyond Religion to and why?

A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle. These two men are the epitome of what life's best can be.


What insight do you think you’ll apply from Beyond Religion?

Insight into people, why they act like they do, what to respond to them, that my response is up to me, not to take their actions and turn anger at them, what I give out returns to me multiplied - every day, every minute, every situation.


Any additional comments?

Feeling stressed? Enjoy the peaceful feeling this audio book leaves you with.

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- Mary

Common sense makes a comeback

Where does Beyond Religion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of course this is a treatise and not a


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Never before has the world so needed a non-religious set of ethical values. Never before have we so needed to speak a common language and realize that we are all of ONE race: the HUMAN race.


Any additional comments?

This book is not in any way anti-religious. How could it be? Look who wrote it. Even the narrator Martin Sheen is a devout Catholic. It will be appreciated by anyone whether religious or Atheist, who has an open mind and the desire to hear a down to earth perspective on the question of morals and ethics for a troubled world.

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- frank

Book Details

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