The Buddhist Ethics Reading Group (BERG) is a forum for Princeton students to consider and evaluate, from many angles, a Buddhist approach to ethics. The group meets approximately once a month over dinner to discuss the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryāvatāra) by the great Indian Buddhist author Śāntideva. The book is a classic of Buddhist ethics, in which moral challenges, psychological insights, and a distinctive wit coalesce into strategic advice for personal cultivation. From a unique, Buddhist perspective, the work addresses universal questions of responsibility, compassion and nonviolence.
The conversations will each be addressed to a passage from the Guide, and co-facilitated by Prof. Jonathan Gold of the Department of Religion and Khenpo Pema Wangdak, a Tibetan monk and a leading teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the NY/NJ area.