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By Dalai Lama

A stirring name to maneuver past faith for the counsel to enhance human existence on person, group, and international 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 so much compassionate and outspoken, elaborates and deepens his imaginative and prescient for the nonreligious approach. Transcending the mere "religion wars," he outlines a method 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 sturdy activities as resulting in higher states of lifestyles in destiny lives. And but, with the top point of religious and highbrow authority, the Dalai Lama makes a declare for what he calls a 3rd means. this can be a method of secular ethics that transcends faith with the intention to realize our universal humanity and so contributes to a world human neighborhood in response to figuring out and mutual respect.

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

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From the second century BC onwards it not only infused a spirit of nationalism into the Buddhism of Ceylon and made the monks prone to political intrigue, but it also led them to enthusiastically support the national wars of their kings. They assured king Dutta Gámaní (101–77 BC) that the killing of many thousands of enemies was of no account, because as unbelievers they were really no more than animals. They accompanied the army of the same king, “since the sight of bhikkhus is both blessing and protection for us”, and the king himself had a relic of the Buddha put into his spear.

They can be summarized under five headings: 1. As concerns the goal there is a shift from the Arhat-ideal to the Bodhisattva-ideal; 2. A new way of salvation is worked out, in which compassion ranks equal with wisdom, and which is marked by the gradual advance through six “perfections” (páramitá); 3. Faith is given a new range by being provided with a new pantheon of deities, or rather of persons more than divine; 4. “Skill in means” (upáyakausOalya), an entirely new virtue, becomes essential to the saint, and is placed even above wisdom, the highest virtue so far; 5.

These were the beliefs which helped to maintain the monastic institutions. The voluntary and sporadic support of a population tied to them by links as tenuous as these would, however, not have kept the Order going for long. The secret behind its social survival over the centuries lay in the ability of the Buddhists, repeated over and over again, to enlist the support of Asian rulers, who maintained the monastic institutions out of government funds. In default of this, the monks were driven to become large property owners in their own right and to dispense altogether with the capricious rewards of begging from house to house.

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