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Dalai Lama XIV: "An Appeal by the Dalai Lama to the World: Ethics Are More Important Than Religion," 36 pages.

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"In his appeal to the world, the Dalai Lama outlines a new secular ethics as the foundation of a peaceful century. The answer will come not from religions, but from people embracing an ethics that spans all differences. A provocative and emboldening piece of writing by a humble and eminent man of our times."

Reviews by customers:

  • D. Grigsby: I love the Dalai Lama's approach to enlightenment through joy so I appreciate his philosophy. The nice thing about this book is the recognition by a major religious leader that religion too often falls short of serving our most common needs and that a secular set of ethics might be a more appropriate tool set. It's not easy for a religious leader to admit that their religion is not the end all be all for everyone, especially considering everyone thinks their religion is the true answer to all our problems.

  • J. Armstrong: An appealing view of how the world could be better for all people. As an atheist, getting acknowledgement for innate secular views is gratifying.

  • Matthew A. Nowik: A quick but very important read. Recommended for anyone who is interested in ethics and the idea that we do not need religion to be morally good.

  • Chez: Such an important topic and great read. The Dalai Lama is an inspiration to the world!

Brief quotes by the author:

  • "I don’t have any enemies, only people I haven’t met yet."

  • “Ethics are more important than religion. . . Ethics is an inborn trait, but religion is acquired.”

  • "Patience is the most potent antidote for anger, satisfaction for greed, bravery for fear, and understanding for doubt."

  • "On some days I think it would be better if there were no religions. All religions and all scriptures conceal the potential for violence. That is why we need secular ethics beyond all religions. It is more important for schools to have classes on ethics than religion. Why? Because it’s more important for humanity’s survival to be aware of our commonalities than to constantly emphasize what divides us."

  • For thousands of years, violence has been committed and justified in the name of religion. Religions have often been intolerant and still are in many cases. Religion is often abused or exploited – even by religious leaders – in order to further political or economic interests. For that reason I say that in the twenty-first century, we need a new form of ethics beyond religion. I am speaking of a secular ethics that can be helpful and useful for over a billion atheists and an increasing number of agnostics. More integral than religion is our fundamental human spirituality. That is the affinity we humans have for love, benevolence, and affection – no matter what religions we belong to.

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