In this book, I have been outlining what could be called a kind of humanist spirituality. Of course, I am drawing on what I have learned from Buddhist teachings. Yet everything I have been saying is a logical consequence of the interdependence that binds us to others and to the planet. You could come to these conclusions yourself, because they are grounded in observations and experiences that anyone could have, regardless of religious orientation. When a truth is universal, it cannot belong to any single religion—or any singular secular view either.
I am suggesting ways to look at the world and to live life that do not require any particular religious affiliation. I am doing so with the hope that this book might serve anyone who wishes to live a fuller, more compassionate, and more meaningful life.
—Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out,, p. 143