Keynote Lecture: What Is Ethics For? A Minimalist Approach to Buddhist Ethics

Keynote Lecture: What Is Ethics For? A Minimalist Approach to Buddhist Ethics


Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
 7:00-8:30 PM
UBC | The Nest Performance Theatre

This event is hybrid, and can be attended in person or online via Zoom. However you choose to attend, please follow this Zoom Registration link to register. In person attendees will be asked to follow all current UBC pandemic health guidelines in response to COVID 19, such as masking indoors.

About this Event
What is ethics for? The answer could vary depending on one’s worldview. In simple terms, we can define ethics as human efforts to construct environments that enable all beings to flourish and lead a decent life. What defines decency, though, and how do we resolve the inevitable conflicts that arise on the path of creating decent living environments? This presentation considers the minimal factors that can aid us in conceptualizing and practicing ethics in our times, drawing from foundational Buddhist teachings.

About the Speaker – Professor Jin Y. Park (American University)
Jin Y. Park is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion at American University. Park specializes in East Asian Buddhism, intercultural ethics, and modern Korean philosophy on the topics of gender, violence, and politics. Her books include Women and Buddhist Philosophy (2017); Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun (2014); and Buddhism and Postmodernity (2010). Park currently serves as the President of the North American Korean Philosophy Association and the Vice President of the American Academy of Religion.


This keynote is part of the academic workshop, Buddhist Ethics 3.0: In Memory of Michael Jerryson (1974-2021), an event held in collaboration with the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

This event is free and open to the public, made possible by the generous support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.


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