Buddist Ethics Reading Group

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.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religion, the Council on the Humanities, the Program in South Asian Studies, and the Center for Human Values.

Schedule of Meetings for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

October 3, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dinner Discussion at 5 Ivy Lane

October 24, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dinner Discussion at 5 Ivy Lane

Dec. 5, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dinner Discussion at 5 Ivy Lane
Feb. 6, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dinner Discussion at 5 Ivy Lane

March 13, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dinner Discussion at 5 Ivy Lane

April 10, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dinner Discussion at 5 Ivy Lane

May 8, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dinner Discussion at 5 Ivy Lane

To sign up to receive advance notices and information about readings, and to participate in BERG Dinner Discusions, please contact Jonathan Gold.