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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: Dalai Lama, The Dalai Lama 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 person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. But this has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists have access to powerful technologies, 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 has distinct forms of expression. But this marvelous diversity of insight has the potential for inspiring dialogue that can enrich everyone’s pursuit of wisdom.

Toward a True Kinship of Faiths explores where differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated without serving as sources of conflict, as well as 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 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan People and of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. Born in 1935 to a poor farming family in northeastern Tibet he was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. He has been a passionate advocate for a secular universal approach to cultivating fundamental human values. For over three decades the Dalai Lama has maintained an ongoing conversation and collaboration with scientists from a wide range of disciplines, especially through the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that he co-founded. The Dalai Lama travels extensively, promoting kindness and compassion, interfaith understanding, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India.

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.