Principles of ethical conduct: How to lead a life of goodness (cont.)

April 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

By Lama Jigmé Namgyal (with translation from Tibetan into English by Dr. Dylan Esler)

If we wish to lead a life that is fulfilling and successful, and even more so if we seek to go deeper and discover the spiritual meaning of our life, we need to make sure that our conduct is in line with our lofty aspirations. The Buddhist teachings explain very clearly that happiness and success can only be achieved by following certain basic principles of ethical conduct. This is because of the unfailing nature of karmic cause and effect: positive deeds of body, speech and mind produce the seeds of happiness, whereas negative actions are the causes of further suffering. Moreover, those aspiring to follow a spiritual path can only do so based on the accumulations of merit and wisdom, and again ethical conduct is fundamental to our spiritual progress. 

This course explores the principles of ethical conduct as they apply both to our day-to-day existence and to our spiritual path. The text serving as the basis for the course will be:

A Treatise on Ethics for Kings: An Ornament for Rulers” written by the Tibetan master and polymath of the 19th century Jamgön Ju Mipham Gyatso (1846-1912).

The English translation can be found in José Cabezón’s book “The Just King: The Tibetan Buddhist Classic on Leading an Ethical Life”, but you do not need the text to follow the teachings.

This course is intended for those who have already followed the basic meditation course or who have already a grounding in meditation practice.

Dates: Wednesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm

April:   21, 28 
May:    5, 12, 19
June:   2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July:    7, 14

(Due to the travel agenda of Lama Jigmé changes in dates might occur during the course).

Where: Online until further notice. Zoom link will be shared prior to the start of the course.

Language: English (Lama Jigmé will be teaching in his mother language Tibetan, with translation into English by Dr. Dylan Esler)

Price: €180 (€162 for sustaining members, €90 for students/unemployed/retired, free participation for donating members).

The price includes all sessions on the above indicated dates. Fees shouldn’t be an obstacle. Please contact us if there is a problem.

Please register online here

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