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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (126 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tenzin Gyatso Narrator: Richard Gere Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307712967
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?No country, no culture, no person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world.  Technological innovation, environmental degradation, economic gain & loss, nuclear weapons, instant communication have all created unprecedented familiarity among the world’s many cultures. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity in the 21st Century is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. 
 
Many believe in the inevitability of an escalating “clash of civilizations”.  Peaceful coexistence has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant and regrettable, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists can persuade followers with the immense emotional power of faith and have access to powerful technological resources, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions. 
 
Yet the Dalai Lama shows how the challenges of globalization can also move us in another direction, to a deeper plane where nations, cultures, and individuals connect through their shared human nature.  All major religions confront the same perennial questions; each have distinct forms of expression. But this marvelous diversity of insight has the potential for inspiring dialogue which can enrich everyone’s pursuit of wisdom.  All faith traditions turn to compassion as a guiding principle for living a good life. It is the task of all people with an aspiration to spiritual perfection to affirm the fundamental value of the compassion. In this way we can truly develop a deep recognition of the value of other faiths, and on that basis, we can cultivate genuine respect.
 
In Toward a True Kinship of Faiths, the Dalai Lama also explores where differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated without serving as a source of conflict. The establishment of genuine harmony is notdependent upon accepting that all religions are fundamentally the same or that they lead to the same place.  Many fear that recognizing the value of another faith is incompatible with having devotion to the truth of one’s own.  Nevertheless, the Dalai Lama profoundly shows how a sincere believer can, with integrity, be a pluralist in relation to other religions without compromising commitment to the essence of the doctrinal teachings of their own faith.
 
An issue of central importance for the Dalai Lama personally and for the entire world in general, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths offers a hopeful yet realistic look at how humanity must step into the future.  Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/27/2013

    " The Dalai Lama finds the beauty and goodness in everything and religion is no exception. I felt such a warm kinship with all the religious traditions after reading his words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 10/14/2013

    " That I have to buy my own copy of this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 6/27/2013

    " At times all his name dropping got on the way of his message and at times he was slow by our western busy standards on coming to the point but his message and spirit is genuine. If world peace or even personal peace is of interest to you then this is an awesome book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitchell26 McLaughlin | 6/23/2013

    " A lot of wasted pages talking about peole he had met, but without any real import. His conclusion, however, is promising and he agrees with me in principle, but his solution is too simplistic. A good read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spider | 5/25/2013

    " What a lovely book! Fine insights & concepts shared with noble aspirations for all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Wisdom | 4/15/2013

    " An interesting book by the idealistic Dalai Lama about how to bring the world's religions, particularly their more contemplative and mystic segments, together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 1/21/2013

    " I'll admit it - I could NOT read this book cover to cover. I love the premise of the book, but the amount of name-dropping just got ridiculous. It only served as a distraction to me. I would recommend reading the preface and the last chapter... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 6/26/2012

    " His little smile comes through with each sentence. His view of other religions is so non-judgemental and kind - something the world could use more of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 5/3/2012

    " Good to see inclusive coverage for those without religious beliefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 3/16/2012

    " Our similarities and what we have in common far outweigh our petty differences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Flores | 2/11/2012

    " It was a good book. Has a lot of good ideas on how the world can be compassionate towards other religions. It was assigned reading for my Religious Studies class and I enjoyed but I'm glad it's finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/29/2011

    " I think there is a path toward kinship after reading this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 6/3/2011

    " An interesting premise but not something I was in the mood for. Also there is a bit too much name dropping for me to really get into it. I didn't finish this book but would definitely pick it up again when I was in the mood for discussing world religions and the idea of compassion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Nealen | 4/13/2010

    " Amen! "There are so many paths up the mountain; and, the view from the top is still the same." "

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About the Author

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor. As the world’s foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and world peace. He is the author of over seventy books and has received a number of awards, honorary doctorates, and other accolades for his work.

About the Narrator

Richard Gere is a humanitarian and actor. He has appeared in more than forty films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, American Gigolo, Chicago, The Jackal, Pretty Woman, and Runaway Bride. In 1999 he was named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine. He has received multiple Golden Globe nominations, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.