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Ethics for the New Millennium

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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.


"This is not a religious book," asserts the Dalai Lama about a volume that's his most outspoken to date on moral and social issues. "My aim has been to appeal for an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles." The Dalai Lama adopts this approach because, he notes, the majority of humanity ignores religion, the traditional vehicle for ethics, yet observation shows him that happiness, which he discerns as the prime human goal, depends upon "positive ethical conduct." The entire book, written in simple, direct prose, reflects this sort of step-by-step reasoning, taking on color and drama with numerous anecdotes drawn from the Tibetan leader's personal experience. Methodically, the Dalai Lama explores the foundation of ethics, how ethics affects the individual and the role of ethics in society. He resorts often to Buddhist principles (as in employing the idea of dependent originationÄthat nothing arises or exists of itselfÄto demonstrate the interrelatedness of all life), but also to native Tibetan ideas and, occasionally, to secular thought or that of other religions. The book represents no radical departure from his previous work, but it does present a number of forceful views on issues ranging from cloning to vivisection to excess wealth ("the life of luxury... is unworthy"), as well as personal flavor not seen in his books since his autobiography, Freedom in Exile. The Dalai Lama refers, for instance, to his unwillingness to sell his watch collection for money to feed the poor as an example of ethical limitation. With its disarmingly frank, kindly manner and authoritative air, the book is what one would expect from a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and could appeal as widely as the Dalai Lama's current bestseller, The Art of Happiness. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

In Ethics for the New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asserts that the majority of people on the planet wish others only good will. He believes that humanity's survival has depended upon and will depend upon the essential goodness of people. His message is timeless, hopeful, and inclusive. B.D. Wong, who appeared in the film Seven Years in Tibet, is a soothing reader; his style interprets the Dalai Lama's words with compassion and love. The author, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, travels around the world teaching Buddhist principles and meeting with political leaders as well as promoting a global revolution of peace. His books offer the common reader and spiritual seeker an opportunity to share his vision of a better society. A very good choice for all libraries.DPam Kingsbury, Florence, AL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

YA-The Dalai Lama examines the world, its ills, and its coming changes in a disarmingly conversational style that engages readers. With a perspective that should appeal to teens weary of negativity, he offers an encouraging view of the future, arguing convincingly that we humans are better than we tend to believe. Avoiding technical terms and dogma, he presents Buddhist values and ethics, chiefly the dynamic of compassion and a recognition of the "complex interlinking of relationships," in such a way that individuals from a variety of cultural or religious backgrounds can understand their application to modern dilemmas and personal choices. Chapters focus on concepts such as restraint, discernment, non-harming, and responsibility as they apply to far-ranging subjects including the environment, disarmament, religion, science, and education. In a world in which many historical boundaries are becoming irrelevant, he focuses upon the essential qualities of humanity that we all share and from which new forms of social organization can evolve. An important book for thoughtful teens to muse over now, and return to in the future.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"Like any good teacher, he understands that ethical matters are individual matters, that an ethical society is only the sum of its ethical citizens. We must repair our own hearts and actions, then work with our family, our neighborhood, our city, our state and nation, and on to the interrelated world...This book offers help, instruction and inspiration along the way. Its lessons can, just maybe, change your life." --The Washington Post "Good stuff about having the right stuff... After the Me Generation and decades of cynicism, the Dalai Lama's optimism and courage may be just what the twenty-first century needs." --The San Diego Union-Tribune "The Dalai Lama, in this spiritually instructive and morally creative book, gently leads readers to envision and strive to build... a new world wherein every sunrise promises increasing concord and peace." --Los Angeles Times "The Dalai Lama illustrates his argument with examples from his extraordinary life, showing the same humility and gentle self-deprecation that make him such a popular speaker and spiritual leader." --San Francisco Chronicle "Ethics for the New Millennium not only points to a valuable goal, it also urges us to take the first step in the direction of right action. The Dalai Lama does not merely preach compassion--he is compassionate, and his book is a generous gift to a very needy world." --Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "As His Holiness himself says, very little in this book is original. But his message is so often neglected that it sounds very fresh indeed. Simple but not simplistic." --Kirkus Reviews "On paper... the Dalai Lama is a living incarnation of a Buddha, the hierarch of a government in exile, and a doctor in metaphysics. Yet the single most extraordinary thing about him may be simply his sturdy, unassuming humanity." --Pico Iyer "Although claiming to be only a simple human being, he is known the world over as a tireless worker for peace, a great spiritual teacher, and a man with a gift for conveying great truths in a manner accessible to all. His combination of genuine warmth, infectious sense of humor, penetrating intellect, and disarming humility have won him many friends and admirers throughout the world." --Senator Claiborne Pell

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