Guest speaker Jon Yaffe joins us again. In his earlier talk, he presented some Buddhist perspectives of ethics. Key points were that:
1. Beyond its clear intrinsic value as a wholesome framework for treating others, ethics can serve as the foundation for purifying the mind and cultivating the spirit.
2. Ethics is not an intrinsic aspect of personhood. It is a skill set; to be developed, internalized and transcended.
Once transcended, ethics serves as a foundation, upon which we can build further. Similarly, mastery of ethics can be viewed as a staging point, for continuing a long, rewarding journey. You might well ask: what shall we build next, or where shall we go?
The Buddha’s Metta Sutta – his discourse on loving-kindness – offers a profound, almost poetic set of instructions for building a liberated humanity, for reaching enlightenment by taking “the path of peace”.
This second talk will take a close look at this sutta.
Sunday Ethical Education for Kids (SEEK) will be in session, from 10:30 until noon, the same time as our meeting.
10:00 am – Coffee and conversation
10:30 am – Program begins
5604 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78723
Statement from the American Ethical Union, the umbrella organization for Ethical Society of Austin and other ethical societies around the country.
President Trump’s Policy
The Ethical Culture Movement condemns in the strongest terms President Trump’s policy relating to the treatment of political asylum seekers and other immigrants entering the United States at the southern border. Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy is in accord with his abhorrent and racist scapegoating of immigrants and his aggressive strategy of divisiveness in order to sow political chaos, augment his immigration agenda, and appeal to his political base.
Ethical Culture and Immigration
Ethical Culture has had a long and rich history in support of immigrants. Felix Adler, the founder of Ethical Culture, was himself an immigrant from Germany. The central ideal of Ethical Culture is respect for the dignity of all men, women, and children. This ideal has inspired the Movement’s passion for social justice and much of the Movement’s public history has been in support of immigrants. The Visiting Nurse Service, Ethical Culture’s first project, provided health care for the immigrant poor in New York’s Lower East Side. The Ethical Movement created settlement houses in New York, Philadelphia, and related institutions in St. Louis, exclusively devoted to the education and welfare of immigrants. The Ethical Culture Schools registered immigrant children among its first students. For decades Ethical Culture played a major role in the labor movement, lending its support to workers who came from Europe and were employed in factories in New York City and elsewhere. After World War II, programs were established with the aid of Eleanor Roosevelt to assist refugees who had escaped the War. A more recent expression of support is the Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition that for 13 years has provided a comprehensive range of humanitarian services for political asylum seekers, and provides a viable model for alternatives to detention.
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ESA Statement of Purpose The Ethical Society of Austin is a humanistic organization inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. Our faith is in the responsibility and capacity of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. Our commitment is to the worth and dignity of the individual, and to treating each human being so as to bring out the best in him or her. Members join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals…to celebrate life’s joys and support each other through life’s crises…to work together to improve our world and the world of our children.