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

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Fresh, thoughtful--A new message from the Dalai Lama

    The issue of inter-religious dialogue is not new, but the Dalai Lama has brought the issue to a critical stage in this important book. This is the first time that I've read (or seen, heard, etc.) such a level-headed understanding of the complexity involved in people of different beliefs trying to find common ground. Often what has slowed down the progress of individuals and organizations reaching out to those of other faiths is that there is a persistent feeling that by recognizing the validity of another faith one is compromising the truth of their own. But all religions are (of course) not the same. The Dalai Lama very clearly points out that some have very different even contradictory practices. But he finds common ground between all based on his experience with leaders and practictioners of all backgrounds in the aspect of compassion, which is present (sometimes in different names) in all. It is an important meeting place and I came away from the book feeling all the more practical minded about the process that must continued in inter-religious understanding, but at the same time I again feel the most ambitious ideals can still be achieved.
    I also meant to say that (good gracious) this is a book by the Dalai Lama which the Dalai Lama actually wrote! What I mean by that is there has been a tired stream of books over the years where an editor anthologizes his words or another writer bases an entire book around a short interview.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Great book!

    I've ready many of the Dalai Lama's books and have loved all of them! I had the privilege of attending one of his many talks a few years ago and became intriqued with him...his books are no disappointment! In this particular book (as with the other books I've read) he doesn't try to "convert" anyone to Buddhism but instead shows how important it is for all faiths to work and live together. Very enlightening reading!

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