Ethics of Altruism is an online “reflective course” explores the ethics underlying the practice of altruism. As you proceed, you will explore the framework that the Dalai Lama has outlined for moral living. Its foundation is the observation that those whose conduct is ethically positive are happier and more satisfied, and the belief that much of the unhappiness we humans endure is actually of our own making. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, based on universal human principles, rather than religious principles.

This course consists of over a dozen sections, composed of presentations, video segments and quotes. On many pages you will be asked to stop and reflect on some point made by the author, or upon an experience from your life. We recommend that you keep a “journal” handy – perhaps just a program open on your computer in which you can make notes for your later use.

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Ethics of Altruism is offered by The Dalai Lama Foundation, which was established in 2002, with the Dalai Lama’s endorsement and advice, by a core founding group including long-time friends of the Dalai Lama and members of the Silicon Valley business community. A letter from His Holiness invites all to join us in our work. Participation is open to all, and we warmly welcome anyone who wishes to support the Dalai Lama’s vision for a better world to join with us.

The foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization, with a board of directors and paid and volunteer staff. The foundation is international in scope, with a growing network of independent National Committees that includes Canada, Japan, Russia and Nigeria. It is headquartered is in Redwood City, California, USA.

The Dalai Lama Foundation’s main program focus is in the area of education, promoting and developing projects, curricula, and learning materials, for ethics and peace. Our efforts in the curriculum area are guided by an advisory board of professional educators. Their initial offering was a Study Guide for the Dalai Lama’s book Ethics for the New Millennium. This guide is available for downloading by anyone wishing to form a study circle to engage in their own exploration of values and ethics. That was followed by modules and curriculum for The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama. You will find a wide range of resources for ethics and peace listed throughout our web site, including books and videos, resources for youth, and a knowledgebase with links to thousands of selected resources.

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