If you're looking for specific suggestions on how to act like a better person, you probably need to consult more specific philosophers or religious texts because this book does not give you them. The important thing is that whatever we do for others, whatever sacrifices we make, it should be voluntary and arise from understanding the benefits of such actions. If you can; try not even to think of yourself as better than the humblest beggar. These may seem unusual statements, coming as they do from a religious figure. His Holiness the Dalai Lama's newest book, The Wisdom of Compassion, is now available from Riverhead Books.
Try not to turn away from those whose appearance is disturbing; from the ragged and unwell. For when the fault is our own, we are in a position to correct it. Otherwise our future is likely to be marked by increasing tensions, divisions, conflict and even war between nations. It is something of a rarity for a book to sound the call to spiritual renewal while refusing to proselytize or to promote a specific creed. If you cannot; for whatever reason; be of help to others; at least don't harm them.
That's it - if you become more compassionate through a specific religious tradition then that is the way to do it; if you are working on your compassion without religion then that is the way to do it for you. Please support us by making your Amazon. In the past, the respect people had for their religion helped maintain ethical practice through a majority following one religion or another. Through empathy, we practice theoretically what life might be like if we were not ourself, but rather someone else. In his Ethics for the New Millennium, the exiled leader of the Tibetan people shows how the basic concerns of all people--happiness based in contentment, appeasement of suffering, forging meaningful relationships--can act as the foundation for a universal ethics. All that I hope is that if what is written here makes sense to you, the reader, you will strive to be compassionate in your daily life, and that out of a sense of responsibility toward all others you will do what you can to help them.
Written by Mason Tabor The Dalai Lama is an important Buddhist monk of the Gelug school of Buddhism whose views of religion are shaped largely by Eastern thought, especially Mahayana Buddhism, which focuses on the removal of desire and aversion in the soul. Certainly, all want to be happy, and take happiness into account when making moral judgments. I say this in acknowledgment of the fact that though a majority of the earth's nearly six billion human beings may claim allegiance to one faith tradition or another, the influence of religion on people's lives is generally marginal, especially in the developed world. Do this by engaging in spiritual practice if you can. Of these I have none. Both define virtue as a habit of action.
One nation's problems can no longer be solved by itself completely. Simplfying it greatly, his answer is that if people live according to the notion that possessions, money and self interest are the most important thing, they will not find happiness. Regardless of the violence and cynicism we see on television and read about in the news, there is an argument to be made for basic human goodness. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He also discusses the role of religion in such a life, feeling that religion can provide a foundation for many people but that there is no single religion that fits the temperament of everyone. Now, after September 11 this is clearly an arguable point; it was arguable before, too. He then moves on to discuss personal ethics.
It is far better to confront a person or situation than to hide our anger away, brood on it, and nurture resentment in our hearts. This book was no exception, and for any one familiar with his writings, his focus on compassion as the core of ethics is no surprise. Third-party sites are multimedia services that allow you to read and download e-books. He is the recipient of the Wallenberg Award conferred by the U. It's taken me a few weeks to complete this, in part due to the gravity of the subject, and in part due to illness, but this is one a very short list of books which have come to profoundly move and change my perspectives of the world. He offers a plea that people from different faith traditions learn that they can learn much from each other while maintaining their own belief system. To begin, the Dalai Lama urges the need to ground all actions in positive mental states.
It is not preferable; and more reasonable; to relax and enjoy ourselves quietly; just as if we were visiting a different neighborhood? He has written a book for all of us that is, dare I say it, post religious. Do this by engaging in spiri Check out my spanish review on my blog: This is such an extraordinary book! Post religious in a deeply spiritual way, in a all-embracing way, and in a conversational non-academic style. I find this ver What the Dalai Lama writes in this book really reflects a lot of my own personal philosophy. Connected with this are religious teachings or dogma, ritual, prayer, and so on. Rather, it grows out of his conviction that the way to a fulfilled and meaningful life depends on the recognition that all people desire happiness and freedom from suffering.
The Dalai Lama spends a lot of time talking about how the world can move toward world peace, and although his goals are quite lofty, I find them inspiring and refreshing. Indeed, this fact of life—that there is often a gap between the way in which we perceive phenomena and the reality of a given situation—is the source of much unhappiness. Did I mention the author's voice? This goes part of the way to happiness but has difficulties in terms of the anxiety, competitiveness, and insensitiveness to ourselves and others that it creates. The Dali Lama is so down-to-earth, admitting even his own faults throughout the book. Everyone on the earth should be able to be in community with everyone else on earth. Ethics for The New Millennium is a good start in trying to identify what a global system of ethics might look like. Today the world is smaller and more interdependent.
Both develop an ethics of virtue as a means to attain happiness. But neither Aristotle nor the Dalai Lama are very interested in a theoretical understanding of morality for its own sake. Abstract: Modern society and the quest for human happiness -- No magic, no mystery -- Dependent origination and the nature of reality -- Redefining the goal -- The supreme emotion -- The ethic of restraint -- The ethic of virtue -- The ethic of compassion -- Ethics and suffering -- The need for discernment -- Universal responsibility -- Levels of commitment -- Ethics in society -- Peace and disarmament -- The role of religion in modern society -- An appeal. His main belief is that all humans want to find happiness and aviod suffering. And if on some days your actions are more compassionate than on others-well, that is normal.