SECULAR ETHICS WORKSHOP

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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.

SECULAR ETHICS TALK IN UPPER TCV

December 7, 2019

Ven. Jamyang la, accompanied by Mr. Tsering Tenzin la and 2 Secular Ethics team members gave a talk on the concept of Secular Ethics to the students of Upper T.C.V School. Around 700 children, from class 6th to 12th standard participated in this Talk along with their respective teachers. 

The talk covered the philosophy's introduction to the world by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the reason for introducing the philosophy and how this philosophy will be beneficial to create a peaceful and harmonious society. The students from the Secular Ethics team shared how the philosophy proved to be helpful for them in their day to day life and how it brought a positive change in their life as well.

The talk also had a question answer session where the students doubts were cleared, but due to lack of time only a few got chance. The talk ended well with thank you scarf ceremony.

Secular Ethics Workshop

July 10, 2019

Three days ‘Secular Ethics’ Workshop was organized for the teachers and tertiary students (college going students) of Tong-Len Charitable Trust.

The workshop started with a private audience with H.H the 14th Dalai Lama for the Tertiary students and some slum community representatives.

The workshop was conducted to aware the teachers about the concept of secular ethics and why it is important. As for the tertiary students, it is to make them recall what they have learned till now, how to embody it and put it to practice.

Day wise concept covering are as follow:

Day 1 – The concept of Secular Ethics, its Importance, groundings and the pedagogy was covered in the first day. It was an interactive session where all gets an opportunity to speak out their queries as well as ideas.

Day 2 – The concept of Discernment was covered.  Lots of group discussion and activities were conducted for better understanding.

Day 3 – An excursion to the Central Tibetan Administration was organized to make them understand how two governments coexist in one country and runs cooperatively.

The three days workshop ended successfully with the excursion.

Private Audience of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

July 7, 2019

As the children of Tong-Len have firsthand experience of the difficulties in the society, the philosophy of Secular Ethics fits perfectly with the children of Tong-Len. So through a private audience of H.H the 14th Dalai Lama, a citation and a memento was presented to him by the tertiary students of Tong-Len Charitable Trust and the slum representatives. It was offered to express gratitude for his philosophy of Secular Ethics, his undying support for the slum communities, the children of Tong-Len and for his commitment to make the world a better and harmonious place.  Along with the private audience, his holiness also gave a short talk on the Secular Ethics and its importance.

Geshe Negi, Executive Director of SEE Learning Visits Tong-Len

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30th May 2019:

It was a pleasure and a privilege to have Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Executive Director of Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University visit our school recently. We got the chance to be able to share the work that our students and staff have been doing with SEE Learning.

 

He signed our student made SEE logo and it was added to the mural in the grade 8 classroom. 

Kindness interactive session

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Discernment  Workshop

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28th May 2019:

 

An interactive session on the kindness topic was carried out in Dayanand school.

The purpose of organising  this interactive session  was to instill a deeper understanding of Kindness in the children. And to encouraging the children to cultivate the seed of kindness to develop Dharamshala as a kind city.

The session was carried out with different activities and skits and with group discussions and sharing. 

All the students actively participated in the session and they all showed full interest in the session and enjoyed throughout the session with full attention.

On April 28th, 2019, the Secular Ethics Outreach program, under Tong-Len Charitable Trust, hosted a 3 hour workshop entitled “Critical Thinking Development”.  The main topic of the workshop was discernment (the skill which enables us to ensure that our choices and decisions are in tune with reality and we have fully considered the consequences).

The purpose of the workshop was to address poor skills in discernment which inadvertently affect final decisions. The students were taught about the concept of Discernment, the role of discernment and how we can tackle the factors which are influencing our decision making by being aware of them  Participants were introduced to the idea of having a process which can help to come to the best decision and to be able to discern between good and best.

To make the content clearer and for better understanding, techniques such as group discussions, skits and videos were used. The workshop was delivered over two sessions with a short break in between. The students were engaged into group discussions to help them think through a problem from all the possible perspectives.  They were given a chance to share their decisions and discuss as a whole group. Students were asked to use a provided process in the second group discussion.  They were given the opportunity to talk about and evaluate the process and if it was useful to them or could it be improved.  

We requested that all participants complete a feedback form. Lunch and refreshments were provided after the completion of the workshop.