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"Secular Ethics And The Need for Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches"

Thursday, June 6, 2013
05:30 PM
Venue : 
Conference Hall, Tibet House
Prof. John Christopher
An Abstract: 

In this talk Prof John Christopher will explore how the kind of secular ethics being advocated by H. H. the Dalai Lama might best be approached by a bottom-up and top-down to cultivating non-dualistic experience and non-dualistic ways of thinking. A bottom-up approach involves cultivating ethical sensitivity by developing awareness of the body that can occur through training in meditative or contemplative practices. A top-down approach involves having a non-dualistic conceptual framework or world view that allows us to see that every aspect of life manifests a moral dimension and helps to counter the prevailing dualistic world view that separates facts from values and provides few resources for addressing contemporary social and environmental problems. 

The Speaker:  

John Christopher is a Professor of Counseling in the Department of Health & Human Development at Montana State University. He is currently a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar and a Visiting Professor at the University of Delhi. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and was President of the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24 of the APA). John’s background is interdisciplinary and spans theoretical and philosophical psychology, cultural psychology, developmental psychology, and health psychology. His scholarship addresses (1) the influence of individualism on Western theories of psychological well-being, moral development, and psychotherapy, (2) the development of non-dualistic theories of the self and well-being that are culturally inclusive and recognize the person is always embedded in a moral space, and (3) the application of mindfulness training to counselor education. John is currently a core member of the Mind & Life Institute’s initiative to promote the Dalai Lama’s vision of a secular ethics. 

Topic: "Secular Ethics And The Need for

      Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches"

Medium of Speech: English

Speaker: Prof John Christopher

Venue: Conference Hall, Tibet House

Date: June 6, 2013

Time: 05:30 pm

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