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Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together

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"A must read." -The Huffington Post

"May the effort of this book be of benefit to the emergence of a genuine understanding between the world's great religions, and may it foster in us deep reverence toward each other." The Dalai Lama

In perhaps his most important book, the Dalai Lama shares his hopeful yet realistic views on how humanity must step into the future. In our dai
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2000)
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History has its weight:those accumulated facts,packed as proof of man's actions; great and infamous facts...all crammed together in History books.

As I approached this book I felt I got into the center of this accumulation of facts: man's religions...and how they've been so divisive, throughout History.It weighted heavily on my memory.Still, the purpose of his Eminence the 14th Dalai Lama,Tenzin Gyatso, is exactly to counteract division; he calls it "peaceful coexistence" of different world faith
This book is like a Co-exist bumper sticker elucidated painfully over the course of 183 pages. It reads slowly and tediously. Perhaps some of its stylistic problems may be related to the fact that the Dalai Lama is not an English speaker and relies heavily on the help of a translator, a fact he admits in the books opening chapters. The most positive thing that I can say about this book is that it does provide a helpful and enlightening view into the some of the better ideals expressed in many of ...more
Lee Harmon
The most special thing about this book is the way it leaves you with the feeling that you’ve been talking face to face with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. He writes with humility and passion, on matters close to his heart.

This book is about learning to get along, because the world is shrinking. Advances in science and industry have brought us closer together, even as religious differences seem extreme. Yet, the fascinating thing is, all of the world’s most respected religions seem to share one th
Religion can be a very divisive force, associated with intolerance, persecution, conflict, exclusivity and fanaticism. The Dalai Lama argues here that this does not need to be the case and that the religions can instead lead the way toward peace, tolerance, and greater understanding. The first section of the book examines several of the world's religions – Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism – by recounting the author's contacts and experiences with each faith ...more
Dalai Lama is a very politically sensitive word in China so it is not easy to find out about what his religious views are . Fortunately, I got this book from a friend Molly in Australia and I had the opportunity to understand more about him other than simply regarding him as a "betrayer of China" like what other Chinese do.

Well, he provided me a new way to examine various religions. He believes "one truth and one religion" and "many truth and many religions "can mercifully coexist. He thinks all
5 stars for intent, 3 stars for writing (which I think is partially due to the fact that he's working through a translator) so it settles out at a 4, but probably closer to 3.5. Much of it is as much about the Dalai Lama's own experiences meeting with world religious leaders as it is about ways that different religious adherents can come together through the values of compassion and respect. Interfaith dialogue (as well as dialogue with atheists and agnostics) is crucial for the world today, and ...more
Bobbi Taniguchi
Two points. 1. Compassion is the root of all religion and nonreligious ethic. This is where we find a common denominator to work together for world peace. 2. All roads lead to 'Heaven.' Unfortunately, this is a Buddhist concept, and doesn't translate to theistic religion. The step before this step though, respect for the value religions have, is doable. Excellent read. (note: Catholicism is used to refer to all Christianity; a mite simplistic for us Christians who are not Catholic). Also, from a ...more
Very nice, easy to read book about an important topic. The Dalai Lama puts together a series of his talks and lectures given around the world around the theme of religious coexistence. He starts with a brief introduction (a paragraph to a page) of the basics of the world's major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Confuscianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroatraism. Then he talks about his personal exile forced him to reconcile other religions (some of which dominat ...more
Heather Young
This was a happy read and one that really touched my heart. While at times the Dalai Lama lost me with references to friends and acquaintances, he touched me with his pure wisdom and kind heart. I can see why so many revere him as the guru and teacher that he has guided so many on their path to faith. I think what's the most enlightening in this book is the similarities in our faiths and that that shouldn't be something that separates us but brings us together.
Marina Quattrocchi
The Dalai Lama is perhaps the greatest advocate today of creating harmony between the world's major religions. He explains the major belief systems in the world's religions, how they are similar and how they differ. The Dalai Lama has actively cultivated friendships with leaders of all major religions and spent most of his life studying and understanding their beliefs. He brings a wealth of insight to this book clearly stating that because belief systems are so unique and distinct in the major r ...more
At times pedantic, at times frustratingly boring but with an overall message of hope - this book is something of a mixed bag. The message, we are more alike than different, is powerful. From a religious point of view, I'm not sure the point was made as the items referenced did feel cherry picked. Still, the desire behind the words comes forth. If we, as a race, are to survive, perhaps we do need to cherry pick and focus on the commonality, embrace the path and move forward together?

Even with th
Mitchell26 McLaughlin
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.
What a lovely book! Fine insights & concepts shared with noble aspirations for all...
Good to see inclusive coverage for those without religious beliefs.
A great read both for the religious and the non-religious.

The Dalai Lama offers a fresh perspective to people of any belief in this book. He has had many experiences with different faiths across the world, and has the ability to see the good in all of them.

In the end, the message from this spiritual leader is this: despite doctrinal differences, all major religions teach the same principals of compassion and well being. The most important thing we should be striving for is world peace between a
Hasib Muhammad
It was a decent read, but it could have started with the last 30+ pages -- that was when the actual analysis began. The Dalai Lama speaks in optimistic rhetoric, but his views lack actual implementation.
I am not a Buddhist. I thought the suthor was spot on in much of what he said.
While he explains the position of fundamentalism and compares it to his positions, I think fundamentalists will not buy into his arguments.
My only dissapointments were that his interactions with Christians were limited to Catholics, eastern orthodox and anglicans. That leaves protestants and other traditions, LDS and SDA's for example out of the picture. The other was his admitted lack of exposure to Islam
Russ Ridlington
As we slide further down the slope of capitalism my thought have gone to what we need to survive. It is religion and tradition that can be our saviors but in the case of religion the fluff that proclaims one as better than another is the influence of humans. There is a basic similarity in all religions; love, compassion, respect and tradition to name a few. It is these similarities that all people of faith need to focus on while not losing their religious identity. This book talks about these is ...more
Posh Able Paula
From the book: My engagement with the world’s religions has convinced me that, whatever the differences of doctrine on the level of actually living a religious life or fulfilling a spiritual aspiration, there is a striking degree of shared understanding. In particular, all the great religions stress compassion as fundamental spiritual value. Whether it is in scriptural prescriptions for leading a good life, in the kind of life that is admired and propagated, or in the exemplary lives of many of ...more
Angela Robertson
I love this book. Wonderful and surprising.
Kristin Traylor
The Dalai Lama says that since all of the worlds's "great" religions share compassion as their most basic value, they should provide a more unified voice on world problems such as poverty, injustice, the environment, racism, and war. At the very least, they should not use religion to promote war or intolerance. He feels people are better off staying within their own faith tradition, because it is their karma. He doesn't believe that theist and non-theist faiths will ultimately unite.
I picked up this book because it seemed to express my own desire to see the world's religions coexist with mutual respect. The Dalai Lama not only reinforced my view, but challenged me as well. While warning against exclusivism and fundamentalism, he encourages each of us to embrace our inherited traditions. I have learned quite a bit from this book and I would recommend it to anyone who, like me, has strong suspicions that religion has been hijacked for political gain.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama contends that compassion is at the heart of the world's major religions. While not denying that there are major differences between faiths, he argues that the path to peace and human happiness - indeed, the path to survival of our planet and our species - is to focus on what we have in common. The Dalai Lama's unwavering kindness and positive outlook is an inspiration. The 5-disc audiobook, read by Richard Gere, is nicely done.
Much of the literature I read comes from the Western tradition so hearing an Eastern perspective helps balance things out. Overall a good read, it can get a bit repetitive at times and if you're Asian history is as poor as mine, you will find yourself trudging through various names and places. I gave this book four stars mainly for the message it brings across. Living in harmony is something we should strive for.
So this was a "mostly read" book. I honestly had a bit of a hard time following what he was talking about, mostly because my knowledge of any religion other than ones housed in Christianity and Judaism are dismal at best. But, I did learn quite a bit about Buddhism, which I found to be very interesting. Overall, the more I've thought about it, the more I realized I gained from it so I think it was worth the read.
Not the Dalai Lama's best effort. The bulk of this book was taken up by descriptions of how the Dalai Lama met various leaders from other faiths and the conversations that stemmed from those meetings. The conclusion is this: a central tenet in most (all?) religions is to have compassion for others. Disagreeing is fine but just don't go kill anyone.

Got it.
This book is written by my role model and someone who I view as being extremely wise. This book only furthered my love for His Holiness. The book left me with a feeling of having been in a one-on-one conversation with him. This book is enlightening and has an incredibly important message. This is a must read.
Wonderful audio book -- even more wonderful is that it is read by Richard Gere. . . .

A wonderfully coherent and loving call for humans to get along - - - to not just quit killing each other in the name of a higher power but also to stop trying change others in that same name.

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.
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.
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