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januari, 2020

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28jan18:0019:30Event OverBook circle: Ethics for a whole worldIn this book circle, we will study Dalai Lama’s book “Beyond Religion”. Dalai Lama believes very strongly that ethics is not something dependent on religious faith or dogma. Basic human values are universal and more important in today's world than perhaps ever before.

Time

(Tuesday) 18:00 - 19:30

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Event Details

Due to the situation with Covid-19 we are offering you to join the book circle online if you do not want to or are unable to come to the centre. Please join via the following link: https://zoom.us/j/719742244

In this book circle, we will study Dalai Lama’s book “Beyond Religion”. Dalai Lama believes very strongly that ethics is not something dependent on religious faith or dogma. Basic human values are universal and more important in today’s world than perhaps ever before. In this book circle we will discuss concepts such as “secular ethics” and human values to see how we can apply them in our own lives and promote them in society at large.

The book circle will be in English if some participants speak English and in Swedish otherwise.

 

What will I learn

In Dalai Lama’s book “Beyond Religion”, the concept of “secular ethics” is introduced and promoted. The concept stands for basic human values that all religions subscribe to. In today’s complex and inter-connected world there is a need to go beyond the traditional religions and agree and adopt a set of common ethics.

Application of secular ethics addresses many of the challenges that society faces today. It contains valuable and eternal wisdom and guidance that would make our lives better. Per, who leads the book circle, says that if there was one single book he would recommend people to read, it would be this one.

 

Facilitator

Per Bertilsson

Per has had a long international career working for UN agencies and other international organizations on developmental issues focusing on environmental and natural resources management and social development. He has lived and worked in many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America for close to 30 years.

In parallel with his professional career, Per has been a student of Buddhism and Buddhist history and art. He has a particular interest in the historical evolution of Buddhism. Per is committed to promoting secular ethics as an essential part of addressing the challenges of today’s society.

 

More about this course

SESSION I

  1. Introduction and Secular Ethics
  2. Introduction
  3. Rethinking secularism
  4. Our common humanity
  5. The quest for happiness

SESSION II

  1. Compassion and Ethics in Our Shared World
  2. Compassion, the foundation of well-being
  3. Compassion and the question of justice
  4. The role of Discernment
  5. Ethics in a shared world

SESSION III

  1. Educating the heart
  2. Ethical mindfulness in everyday life
  3. Dealing with destructive emotions
  4. Cultivating key inner values

SESSION IV

  1. Training the mind
  2. Meditation as mental cultivation
  3. Afterword

Discussion points

SESSION I

  • Introduction of book circle participants.
  • What was your motivation to join this book circle?
  • What are your expectations and what do you hope to get out of it?

Discussion points

 

  • Is secular ethics an understandable concept and term?
  • How is it relevant to ourselves, Sweden and the world?
  • How can it be shared effectively?
  • Why is it relevant in today’s society?
  • What unites us and divides us as human beings?
  • How can we be happier persons?
  • Inner values contra external, material aspects of life – how can a balance be achieved?

SESSION II

  • Are empathy and equality important values and if so, why?
  • How can we cultivate compassion?
  • What is the role for discernment?
  • What are some of the challenges in the world today when it comes to adopting secular ethics, how can they be addressed?

SESSION III

  • How can we put ethics into our lives?
  • How can we deal with destructive emotions?
  • What are some of the key inner values that we need to cultivate and how can we do this?

SESSION IV

  • What is the role of mediation and mental cultivation?
  • How can mental cultivation lead to spiritual and inner transformation?
  • Important aspects of mental practice.
  • What are the benefits of mental training?
  • What are some formal practices?

Reflections on the book circle

  • Were your expectations of the book circle met?
  • What did you get out of the sessions?
  • What was good and suggestions for improvements.
  • Do you intend to build on this experience and if so how?

Next steps

  • What actions could be taken to promote the application and adoption of secular ethics in Sweden? Who are the key actors?

Ticket Section Title

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Course Length

4 sessions

Speakers for this event

  • Per Bertilsson

    Per Bertilsson

    Per has had a long international career working for UN-agencies and other international organizations on developmental issues focusing on environmental and natural resources management and social development. He has lived and worked in many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America for close to 30 years. In parallel with his professional career, Per has been a student of Buddhism and Buddhist history and art. He has a particular interest in the historical evolution of Buddhism. Per is committed to promoting secular ethics as an essential part of addressing the challenges of today’s society. Per leads our book circles and is the chairman of the board of Yeshin Norbu Non-profit organization.

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