New Age News

May 2002

Book Review


Ancient Wisdom, Modern World

Ethics For a New Millennium

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At a time and in a culture where science and technology have taken over religious belief, when ethics are understood primarily in terms of aesthetic choice or legality, how are we to formulate moral principles to guide us in our daily lives?

In his first original work since the best-selling autobiography Freedom in Exile, the Dalai Lama calls for a revolution. Not a political, an economic, a technical or even a religious revolution, however, but a spiritual revolution.

Our task, he says, is to find some method of adjudicating between the claims of, for example, terrorism and Gandhi's principles of non-violence as a means of political change. And we must find a way to do so which avoids the extremes of crude absolutism on one hand and trivial relativism on the other.

Though religion can certainly help in this, the Dalai Lama demonstrates that there are universal principles we can draw on which transcend the delema of belief or unbelief. And whilst many have been content to speak of spiritual matters as something mysterious, fleeting or transient, the Dalai Lama explains his approach in terms that are as clear and concise as they are compelling. In the first instance, he says, a spiritual revolution entails an ethical revolution.

Published by Little, Brown and Company (UK).


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