Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 9

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 Introduction C ompassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part achieved merely as a result of wishful thinking or force of training program that cultivates basic human values will, but rather as the result of building up knowledge, under- as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, standing and a set of concrete skills. Because compassionate social and environmental flourishing. By covering a range of integrity is what guards against actions that compromise the skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion well-being of oneself and others, cultivating it in one’s life for others and engagement with complex systems, CIT and in one’s community directly impacts individual and focuses on and builds toward compassionate integrity: the collective flourishing. ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with Although CIT deals with values and concepts like compassion a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to and integrity, it is based on a secular approach to universal kindness, and reciprocity. Unlike some definitions of integrity ethics based on common sense, common experience and that focus on mere consistency with one’s values, without science, rather than a particular culture or religion. 1 examining what those values are, compassionate integrity Secular ethics can be useful to people of any or no religious insists that consistency with one’s values is not enough if background, while not being in any way in conflict with those values promote harm to oneself, others or the world. Instead, maintaining and increasing consistency with one’s values is most beneficial when they are values that promote one’s own well-being as well as that of others. As to what those values are and how we understand them, this is arrived at by investigating and examining things for oneself, using common sense, common experience and science. Compassionate integrity is, therefore, not something any particular religious values. The word “secular” in no way implies a stance that is against religion; on the contrary, it implies inclusivity and a respect for all. This approach to ethics has been advocated by organizations such as the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations through its World Happiness Report, and individuals such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights of 1948 was also based on a 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 - 3 -