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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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Apr 24, 2016 Owlseyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 fai
Mar 15, 2011 Elysa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian-pickles
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
Sep 30, 2011 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2014 Monavalley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 17, 2013 Jonn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2011 Bobbi Taniguchi rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was profoundly moved by this book. It gave me a greater appreciations of the divesity and validity of many faiths. As described by the publisher...."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 ...more
Dec 29, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2016 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very insightful book, the basic premise of which being that all of the world's major religions share one common ethical basis, i.e. compassion. Because of this, The Dalai Lama believes that all world religions should cooperate (along with all secular people, who, at root also share an ethical belief in compassion) to bring about an end to war and other strife. This can be accomplished if members of all religions would learn to respect the religious heritages of all others and recognize ...more
Heather Young
Mar 25, 2014 Heather Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hann Min
Feb 17, 2016 Hann Min rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the Dalai Lama offers an interesting perspective on 'many truths, many religions', different methods,worldview will comfort different people. One truth may be suited for someone and not another....and its startlingly similar the type of person a good faith can produce... The main goal for him, and I agree, is.... will your faith make you more compassionate, a better person, a force for good, to solve the many environmental problems that affect the planet, will it help you find inner peace and h ...more
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.
Feb 23, 2011 Spider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book! Fine insights & concepts shared with noble aspirations for all...
Richard Gere needs to narrate ALL of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's audio books! This book has a beautiful message of focusing on the similarities between all of the world's religions - i.e. each one has love & compassion at its core. The Dalai Lama provides an overview of some of the basic tenets of most of the major religions and the positive impact that they have each had on helping their followers lead better, more ethical lives of the past several thousand years. He also discusses some o ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good to see inclusive coverage for those without religious beliefs.
Feb 28, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Dalai Lama stresses the importance of co-existence and acceptance of all religion to insure the survival of the human race. Compassion and Love are the two main points of each world religion. He urges us all to focus on what we have in common instead of what separates us. What better things to focus on than Love and Compassion?!
Oct 23, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems people either loved or hated this book. I liked it because I have read books on the Dali Lama and Richard Gere follows him and has met him. I think if all the religions of the world could unite together and get along we would have a much better world.
Sam Motes
Jun 01, 2015 Sam Motes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beutiful read by his Holiness the explores the threads of compassion that bind together the world religions into a glorious vision of what we can be a a common world people bound by love and tolerance for others.
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.
Oct 15, 2015 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first couple chapters are a little dry but after that he makes wonderful comparisons of all the major religions and at the end there is a detailed plan for how to get everyone to start treating each other with love and respect.
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
Aug 19, 2013 Russ Ridlington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2015 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking, reminds us we are all together on this one earth and should try to find common ground rather than differenced
Posh Able Paula
Jan 12, 2012 Posh Able Paula rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2014 Kristin Traylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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