Tibet House, the Cultural Centre of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi organized a one-day seminar on "Cognitive Thought Process: Perspectives From Neuroscience and Buddhist Psychology" at India International Centre, New Delhi on November 24, 2013 to promote Secular Ethics.
"The reason why various man-made problems are increasing is due to lack of moral ethics. To counter this problem, the Dalai Lama has introduced the concept of 'Secular Ethics' [ethics having no relation with religion] that can include even the non-believers to become a good human being. He has also said that it can be taught through three main factors: human intellect, experience of life, and the scientific findings. That's why we have organized this dialogue with modern scientist and scholars," says Geshe Dorji Damdul, the director of Tibet House.
The main speakers at the seminar consisted of neuroscientist Professor Ceon Ramon of University of Washington; Quantum Physicist Professor Sisir Roy of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata; renowned physician and researcher, Dr. Raj Kotal; SociologyProfessor Meenakshi Thapan of Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi; scholar of Buddhist and Pali studies, Professor Rana Purushottam Kumar Singh of Nava Nalanda Mahvihara University; and Professor of Psychology, Dr. Suneet Varma of University of Delhi.
The one-day seminar was divided into two sessions, with each session focusing primarily on one theme: (i) Self-awareness [Rang-rigs] from a modern neuroscience and Buddhist perspective, and (ii) Decision making [thag-gcod] according to neuroscience and Buddhist psychology.
This dialogue process is a precursor to a bigger conference on "Neuroscience and Buddhist Psychology" being jointly organized by the University of Delhi and Tibet House in the beginning of year 2014.