Advanced Ethics and Compassion in Life

HON 398 – Professor Geshe Lobsang Dhargey and Professor Allison Valentino

Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Historical, Social and Cultural Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis

Course Description:

In this course students will learn how practicing ethics is required to cultivate compassion. They will discover how to develop or increase genuine compassion based on the idea of compassion as a biological trait. It will also detail that compassion is a strength rather than a weakness, and demonstrate methods to cultivate it without sacrificing one’s happiness. Compassion is more than action. Compassion must live in the mind and be present regardless of circumstances. Compassion is a practice that is accessible to all but is frequently misunderstood and underutilized. Students will be able to explore the true nature of compassion in many iterations and will have multiple opportunities to delve deeply into this truly profound human experience and expression in order to overcome the difficulties they face in daily life.