Buddhist Ethics


Key Information

Lecture dates: 3 August & 10 August & 17 August & 24 August & 31 August 2019 (9 am - 5 pm)

Census date: 3 August 2019

Lecturer: Venerable Dr Juewei Duration: 5 weeks (incl. 5 days on-campus)*
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia
Subject Code: ABS904

Subject Overview

Buddhist Ethics provides an overview of Buddhist ethics in different traditions; it also examines issues arising from their application in the contemporary world. After outlining the framework of Buddhist ethics, a number of contemporary issues are reviewed and discussed using the lens of Buddhist ethical traditions: issues examined include the natural world (environment, animals, conservation), abortion, suicide, euthanasia, war, gender and sexuality, economics, social responsibility, etc. Increasing individual ethical behavior is at the heart of Buddhist traditions: understanding the nature of ethical choices and behaviors is also fundamental to a sound comprehension of Buddhism. This subject presents an introduction to the major areas of ethical consideration important in Buddhist teachings and then critically investigates a range of contemporary issues in order to highlight possible contributions from—or gaps in—traditional Buddhist paradigms and perspectives

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts, beliefs and world-views underlying the principles of ethics as presented in Buddhist traditions
Critically analyse fundamental issues involved in the application of Buddhist ethical principles
Understand the role of ethics within the traditional Buddhist doctrinal framework
Critically evaluate and reflect issues arising from applications of Buddhist ethical principles in a variety of contemporary contexts e.g. euthanasia, suicide, abortion, gender issues, terrorism etc
More generally, foster in students attributes such as critical thinking, problem solving, cultural and historical appreciation, interdisciplinary perspectives, scholarship, and oral and written communication skills



* Time structure:

- 1st week: pre-reading
- 2nd week: face-to-face classes at NTI Wollongong Campus
- 3rd to 5th week: time for completing written assessments