In 1999 His Holiness The Dalai Lama published the bestselling Ancient Wisdom: Modern World, which addressed the question of ethics for the new millennium. A decade later, His Holiness enters the contemporary debate about religion vs atheism, and returns to the theme of ethics with a major new work: Beyond Religion: ethics for a whole world.
In this thought-provoking new book he argues that religion is not a necessity for pursuing a spiritual life. Rather, focusing on tolerance and understanding between religions, as well as tolerance and understanding between believers (of any faith) and non-believers is the way forward. The way to achieve such an approach, he proposes, is through a system of secular ethics grounded in a deep appreciation of our common humanity. Aimed particularly at the general reader, Beyond Religion: ethics for a whole world is a modern-day polemic which outlines those ethics he believes should be central to our lives.
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Beyond Religion - Dalai Lama
A truly wonderful book that focuses on human ethics and the cultivation and promotion of human values without bias towards any religion. Even if just a few thousand people read this book and enact the values discussed then we will be making a big step in the right direction to make the world a better place. An iconic book.
If ever a book had inspired me to live a better life than the one I lived the day before I read it, it would be this one. Well written, easy to read and understand and geared for both religious and non-religious people this book is something I would recommend to anyone asking themselves if there is anything more they can bring to the world.