BSTD 209: Buddhist Ethics

This course examines the relevance of the theory and practice of Buddhist ethics for today’s world. After an introduction to the historical, cultural and doctrinal foundations of Buddhist ethics, students investigate various applications of Buddhist ethics to perennial and particularly modern forms of suffering as articulated by contemporary Buddhist teachers and scholars. Special emphasis is placed on the question of how particular disciplines and practices informed by Buddhist ethical theory may be of benefit to non-Buddhists or in non-Buddhist institutional or cultural contexts.