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Ethics For The New Millennium

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: The Dalai Lama

Narrated By: The Dalai Lama

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2000

Duration: 2 hours 58 minutes

Summary:

Only during a time when we have so little faith in one another, so little confidence in the willingness of others to do what is right, can a strong voice emerge to dispel disillusionment and show us hope. It takes a person of great courage, such as the Dalai Lama, to face these times and say there is hope.

There is an argument to be made for basic human goodness. The number of people who spend their lives being violent or dishonest is tiny compared with the number of people -- the vast majority we don't hear about -- who would wish others only well. According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended and will depend on our basic goodness. "Much more effective and important than legislation is our regard for one another's feelings at a simple human level...Here, I refer to the capacity we all have to empathize with one another...to arrive at the inability to bear the sight of another's suffering." The Dalai Lama presents an ethical system that not only is based on common sense and reason, as opposed to religious dogma or punitive legislation, but has as its goal ultimate happiness for every individual.

The Dalai Lama demonstrates that human beings are better than we think we are, and that a society and a life that cultivate love and compassion are completely within our reach. If enough people operate from the understanding of their "original purity," a global revolution of peace will ensue.

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  • Anonymous

    Excellent book. It is pure wisdom. It confirms my belief of the importance of living life using compassion as a guiding principle.

  • Jesus Perez

    Ok, I have to admit the content of this book is very powerful. There are great things to be learned. I love the Dalai Lama but I have a few concerns. 1. The author' voice is entirely too calming and soothing. Frankly, his voice almost put me to sleep. So exercise this book with extreme caffeine. 2. The overall tone of the book is advanced. It isn't a 'simple' listen at all. You will need to focus and understand every sentence being explained to keep up. Basically it's more of a textbook style than a conversational one. 3. Did I mention the author's voice?

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting. As a non-religious, non-"spiritual" person, I listened to the Dalai Lama out of shear curiousity, and was surprised to find out that I agree with 99% of what he says. His ideas about personal ethics as well as political issues are simple but so true. I wish he was up for election as the next president...