Secular Ethics

From the beginning of human civilization feeding ourselves has been an objective of survival. Today the world faces poverty and starvation, people dying from hunger, children eating from garbage. Poverty causes life threatening disease and social conflict between rich and poor and discrimination and dominations from the stronger to the weaker in all  levels in society. Injustice, corruption and wars are ever present and we face increasing climatic disasters, knowing that mankind has contributed to this. In many cities, pollution blocks our view of blue sky and greenery, breathing polluted rather than clean air.

To be human is to seek a solution. And so, we seek to understand the root causes of these world dilemmas.

Is it not possible that the solution lies in the application of an ethical response to all kinds of social issues that affect not only our humanity but our environment, the animal kingdom and our whole universe?

 Secular ethics provides a moral, ethical model for the whole world. Surely it can provide an ‘antidote’ for the root causes of our world dilemmas. Secular Ethics is an inclusive approach to embrace our shared human inner values. It is not dependent on any particular religion. It respects all human beings (believers/non-believers), all communities, all cultures and all religions. It is based on common sense, common experience and scientific evidence. The foundation of secular ethics is laid by compassion and common humanity.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, expresses a global vision for an ethical world through secular ethics. In 2000, he launched his book "Ethics for the New Millennium" which explains the ethics of restraint and the need for discernment and many other important concepts. The global community has started to understand his vision. In 2012, his book "Beyond Religion" was published inspiring the global community to act on one shared vision. These publications form the core resources of secular ethics.  More recently Ayur Gyan Nyas and Emory University has developed Secular Ethics in education curriculum which has spread to several dozen countries hoping to adopt the curriculum in modern education globally.

The secular Ethics programs in Tong-Len Charitable Trust is carried out in joint partnership with The Dalai Lama Trust. 

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In Good Faith: A secular ethics for our times. Education can contribute to inner disarmament. It must instill human values that promote compassion, warmth and an appreciation of the necessity of dialogue.Time is always moving forward and no force can stop it. At every moment, we have the option of using our time constructively or negatively. The choice we make will determine whether our world becomes a peaceful one or continues to be engulfed in conflict and tension  

Secular Ethics doesn’t rely on Religious principles

There is now a reasonably substantial body of evidence suggesting that, even from the most rigorous scientific perspective, unselfishness  and concern for others are not only in our own interests but also, in a sense, innate to our biological nature. Such evidence, when combined with reflection on our personal experiences and coupled with simple common sense, can offer a strong case for the benefits of cultivating basic human values that does not rely on religious principles or faith at all.