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In a difficult, uncertain time, it takes a person of great courage, such as the Dalai Lama, to give us hope. 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. The number of people who spend their lives engaged in violence and dishonesty is tiny compared to the vast majority who would wish others only well. According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our basic goodness. Ethics for the New Millennium presents a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, irrespective of religious beliefs. Though he himself a practicing Buddhist, the Dalai Lama's teachings and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of usMuslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or atheistto a happier, more fulfilling life.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's newest book, The Wisdom of Compassion, is now available from Riverhead Books.
Here is a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual regardless of religious belief. Though the Dalai Lama is himself a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us Muslim, Christian, Jew, or Atheist to a happier, more fulfilling life.
The Dalai Lama bases his exquisitely argued cry for a new look at society on the radical notion that human beings are "originally pure" and presents a persuasive examination of man's fundamental nature. His moral system is founded on universal principles and can lead persons of any religion to a happier, more fulfilling life. (World Religions)
About the Author
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Wallenberg Award (conferred by the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Foundation), the Albert Schweitzer Award, and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Table of Contents
Ethics for the New Millenium Preface
I. The Foundation of Ethics
Chapter 1: Modern Society and the Quest for Human Happiness
Chapter 2: No Magic, No Mystery
Chapter 3: Dependent Origination and the Nature of Reality
Chapter 4: Redefining the Goal
Chapter 5: The Supreme Emotion
II. Ethics and the Individual
Chapter 6: The Ethic of Restraint
Chapter 7: The Ethic of Virtue
Chapter 8: The Ethic of Compassion
Chapter 9: Ethics and Suffering
Chapter 10: The Need for Discernment
III. Ethics and Society
Chapter 11: Universal Responsibility
Chapter 12: Levels of Commitment
Chapter 13: Ethics in Society
Chapter 14: Peace and Disarmament
Chapter 15: The Role of Religion in Modern Society
Chapter 16: An Appeal