Ethics for the New Millennium

Ethics for the New Millennium

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781573228831
  • 256 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


In a difficult, uncertain time, it takes a person of great courage, such as the Dalai Lama, to give us hope. Regardless of the violence and cynicism we see on television and read about in the news, there is an argument to be made for basic human goodness. The number of people who spend their lives engaged in violence and dishonesty is tiny compared to the vast majority who would wish others only well. According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our basic goodness. Ethics for the New Millennium presents a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, irrespective of religious beliefs. Though he himself a practicing Buddhist, the Dalai Lama’s teachings and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us—Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or atheist—to a happier, more fulfilling life.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s newest book, The Wisdom of Compassion, is now available from Riverhead Books.
Ethics for the New Millennium

Ethics for the New Millennium

Written by: Dalai Lama


Books for a Better Life Book Award – winner


“Ethics for the New Millennium is 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 21st 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

“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

“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 needful world.” —Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“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

“As his Holiness himself says, very little in this book is original. But his message is so often neglected that is 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 of metaphysics. Yet the single most extraordinary thing about him may simply be his sturdy, unassuming humanity.”—Pico Iyer

Table of Contents

Ethics for the New MilleniumPreface

I. The Foundation of Ethics
Chapter 1: Modern Society and the Quest for Human Happiness
Chapter 2: No Magic, No Mystery
Chapter 3: Dependent Origination and the Nature of Reality
Chapter 4: Redefining the Goal
Chapter 5: The Supreme Emotion

II. Ethics and the Individual
Chapter 6: The Ethic of Restraint
Chapter 7: The Ethic of Virtue
Chapter 8: The Ethic of Compassion
Chapter 9: Ethics and Suffering
Chapter 10: The Need for Discernment

III. Ethics and Society
Chapter 11: Universal Responsibility
Chapter 12: Levels of Commitment
Chapter 13: Ethics in Society
Chapter 14: Peace and Disarmament
Chapter 15: The Role of Religion in Modern Society
Chapter 16: An Appeal