Request From HH Dalai Lama
HH Dalai Lama asks the question different He frequently asks students to find ways of teaching ethics and morality to the next generation in a way that is not specific to Buddhism or any a religion.
This is a difficult question to answer because ethics and morality are often tied to concepts such as God or Karma. Just saying “well it’s the right thing to do” is not a strong convincing argument.
But just because the question is difficult doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to find a good answer. Certainly when HH Dalai Lama asks questions like this, it is worth giving it proper consideration.
We also wanted to share the benefits of the Buddha’s teachings with a 7 year old boy. Given the age, due care must obviously be taken to avoid any teachings that might become a burden or to make the child fearful. Obviously a discourse on the lower realms is out of the question, even karma is a difficult subject without creating a burden.
So our question is this:
How can we teach ethics without any religious context, and how can the benefits of the Buddha’s teachings be shared with a 7 year old boy?