Once Buddha was asked by his disciples, what is self? Buddha asked all the others in the gathering, what is a chariot? Is it only the horse? Is it only the wheel? Is it only the person who rides the horse? Or is it an amalgamation of all that makes the chariot? The disciple who asked the question understood the deeper meaning and did not probe further.
In a similar manner, Secular ethics as a concept is a collection of many universal and humanistic values, underpinned by scientific studies, evidence and common sense. We believe that it is important know about the vision and mission of Secular Ethics and also to understand how this approach can unite us and benefit our community, nation and world at large.
Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to harm a person but you refuse to hate the person as well.
Kindness is the simplest and yet most profound way to touch lives and make a difference. Offering a helping hand sharing your food are simple seeds that go on to make you feel better and also lighten up the world of someone else.
Gratitude & Endearment
Gratitude is a sense of warm appreciation toward others for the benefits one has received from others. While it is easier to be grateful towards those who part of our family, we often forget those outside of this circle.
Compassion is both for us and others: When compassion and warm heartedness arises in us, and shifts our focus away from narrow self-interest, we open an inner door.
Ethical Mindfulness is cultivating a stable and refined mind that can work like a microscope to see properties that are not visible to the naked eye.
Forgiveness means, it’s not about those who hurt us instead it us about us and our state of emotional and entire well-being.
Discernment means better understanding, which enables us to ensure that our choices and decisions are in tune with reality and we have fully considered the consequences.
Impartiality is a principle of justice holding that decisions should be based on objective criteria, rather than on the basis of bias, prejudice, or preferring the benefit to one person over another for improper reasons.
Emotional Self-Awareness is the ability to understand your own emotions and their effects on your performance. You know what you are feeling and why—and how it helps or hurts what you are trying to do.
You have to really see the person, pay attention. If you see the person then naturally empathy arises. If you tune into the other person, you feel with them.
Self-acceptance means having patience, understanding and acceptance towards one’s own suffering and hardships. Self-Acceptance involves kindness to oneself but it is also a form of great inner strength, resilience, courage and fortitude.
Despite all our individual characteristics, no matter what education we may have and irrespective of what we may have achieved in our lives, we all seek happiness and to avoid suffering during this short life of ours.