Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 31

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s Appr oa c h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing Some of the basic human values that the Dalai Lama it is even shared by animals. The second is interdependence includes are compassion, kindness, generosity, patience, — we depend on each other for our well-being. As honesty, forgiveness, self-discipline and contentment. 42 human beings we are social beings. No one individual He appeals to common sense and common experience to can survive, much less flourish, without the help of many see that these values are shared by individuals regardless others. From the moment we come into the world, we of religion or lack thereof; however, it is also noteworthy depend on others for our survival. Interdependence is, that the scientific study of individual and social flourishing therefore, a basic aspect of our human experience, and well-being in fields like positive psychology is and has important implications for how we treat one beginning to validate these common-sense views. 43 another. Of these two, he writes, “Together, I believe, The Dalai Lama bases the universality of this approach on what he calls the “two pillars” of secular ethics. The first is common humanity, the fact that we all wish for happiness and well-being, and wish to avoid harm, suffering and dissatisfaction. In this, every human being is the same — indeed, this desire is so basic that they constitute an adequate basis for establishing ethical awareness and the cultivation of inner values. It is through such values that we gain a sense of connection with others, and it is by moving beyond narrow self-interest that we find meaning, purpose and satisfaction in life.” 44 Ce n t e r for Compa s sion, I n teg r i t y a nd S e cu l ar E t hics | L ife Uni ve rsi t y | M ar ie t ta, G e or g i a - 25 -