The English version of “An Appeal to the World: The Way to Peace in a Time of Division” by the Dalai Lama and Franz Alt was released this week.

Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, this small volume is already an international best-seller. The English version has new material that addresses the Trump presidency, nationalism, refugees and more.

In the book, the Dalai Lama makes an appeal for secular ethics. He argues that this would allow the world to nurture a fundamental shared ethic among humans that transcends religion.

He also argues that to solve many of today’s issues, humans needs to change their view and start asking “How can we serve each other?” as well as maintaining a positive attitude.

The rest of the book is an interview between Alt and the spiritual leader. Each question and answer stand as a chapter.

Those topics include: Can religion overcome the divisions encouraged by Trump’s presidency? What does spirituality mean? How can secular ethics fight greenhouse gases?

About midway in the book, the Dalai Lama is asked what questions we needs to ask to increase compassion. His answer includes considering the degree of open-mindedness we have, seeing long-range versus short-range and more. He encourages thinking and research.

Finding and keeping happiness in the face of death and making a better and more peaceful world as well as mindfulness and the essence of religion are among the topics.

The questions end with several about China and the future of Tibet, and the book concludes with short chapters on the leader’s life.

It’s a concise introduction to the beliefs of a beloved religious leader.

Other books

Shambhala Press has released several books on Buddhism.

  • “Touching the Infinite, A New Perspective on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness” by Rodney Smith looks at applying mindfulness to body, feelings, mind and dharma. It is filled with explanation and exercises to lead the reader through the ideas.
  • “Coloring Yantras: 24 Sacred Symbols for Meditation, Healing, Abundance and Creativity” by Sarah Tomlinson leads readers through the significance, intention and even possible meaning of colors for each symbol. The first half of the book breaks down the information. The second half has the coloring pages.
  • “The Pure Joy of Being: An Illustrated Introduction to the Story of The Buddha and the Practice of Meditiation” by Fabrice Midal is a beautiful edition filled with Buddhist art. Various concepts are each presented on single pages, taking the reader through the various concepts and advice to learn meditation. The second part of the book continues the same setup and deals with benevolent love and compassion. The last two sections deal with encountering the Buddha within us and teaching that live on.