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By Dalai Lama

A stirring name to maneuver past faith for the counsel to enhance human lifestyles on person, group, and worldwide levels—including a guided meditation perform for cultivating key human values

Ten years in the past, in his best-selling Ethics for a brand new Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an method of ethics in keeping with common instead of spiritual rules. Now, in Beyond Religion, the Dalai Lama, at his such a lot compassionate and outspoken, elaborates and deepens his imaginative and prescient for the nonreligious approach. Transcending the mere "religion wars," he outlines a approach of secular ethics that offers tolerant recognize to religion—those that floor ethics in a trust in God and an afterlife, and people who comprehend solid activities as resulting in higher states of lifestyles in destiny lives. And but, with the top point of non secular and highbrow authority, the Dalai Lama makes a declare for what he calls a 3rd manner. it is a approach of secular ethics that transcends faith which will realize our universal humanity and so contributes to an international human neighborhood in keeping with figuring out and mutual respect.

Beyond Religion is a necessary assertion from the Dalai Lama, a blueprint for all those that yearn for a lifetime of non secular success as they paintings for a greater world.

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Obedience to the force of gravity. The greatest sin. Thus we corrupt the function of language, which is to express the relationship between things. Attitude of supplication: I must necessarily turn to something other than myself since it is a question of being delivered from self. Any attempt to gain this deliverance by means of my own energy would be like the efforts of a cow which pulls at its hobble and so falls onto its knees. In making it one liberates a certain amount of energy in oneself by a violence which serves to degrade more energy.

The void is the supreme fullness, but man is not permitted to know it. The proof is that Christ himself was at one moment completely unaware of it. One part of the self should know it, but not the other parts, for if they knew it in their base fashion, there would no longer be any void. Christ experienced all human misery, except sin. But he experienced everything which makes man capable of sin. It is the void 23 24 gravity and grace which makes man capable of sin. All sins are attempts to fill voids.

It has nothing to do with independent reality. That is only perceptible through total detachment. Should only one thread remain, there is still attachment. Affliction which forces us to attach ourselves to the most wretched objects exposes in all its misery the true character of attachment. In this way the necessity for detachment is made more obvious. Attachment is a manufacturer of illusions and whoever wants reality ought to be detached. As soon as we know that something is real we can no longer be attached to it.

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