SECULAR ETHICS WORKSHOP

1st and 2nd February 2020

The Secular Ethics Department of Tong-Len participated in the 2 days conference on 'Universal Ethics for the 21st century: Towards a common Understanding'.

Ven.Jamyang la presented a paper on the 'Common Humanity: The key to develop a kind, compassionate and  peaceful society', relating the topic to the work of secular ethics department of the Tong-Len Charitable trust.

The Conference was very well organised, both logistically and in terms of its contents (reports, panels, etc.) The panelist were all renowned social scientists, activists, social entrepreneurs, educators from different parts of India. It was a very knowledgeable experience for all.

ABSTRACT:

Common Humanity: The key to develop a kind, compassionate and  peaceful society

 

To understand the third way path as introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for an ethical and happy life and to develop a global community based on mutual understanding and respect, it needs an understanding of the common humanity. By developing consciousness on cultivation of empathy, warm heartedness and understanding the people's preference of happiness over suffering and developing a sense of equality, we can develop the sense of oneness in all which will contribute to a peaceful and compassionate society. In this world of religious diversity, every day we come across news of religious conflicts and the riots based on it. What is the point of having conflict when all the religions are based on kindness and compassion and So, in order to transcend from this religious conflict, developing a sense of oneness through building a common ground on our shared humanity and value seems more helpful in creating a compassionate and peaceful society.

The Conference was very well organised, both logistically and in terms of its contents (reports, panels, etc.) The panelist were all renowned social scientists, activists, social entrepreneurs, educators from different parts of India. It was a very knowledgeable experience for all.