Sentience and Metta Training in Buddhist Ethics

Speaker: Beril İdemen Sözmen, Research Associate Technical University Istanbul
Time: Saturday, 02:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Room: H1058

Sentience as a concept is central to Buddhist moral philosophy as the condition for being a moral patient. The fact that sentient beings can and do suffer is the crux of the problem that Buddhist ethics sets itself. The solution it suggests is two-fold; one concerning a fundamental change in attitude to suffering by the moral agent and the other concerning giving priority to sentience in how others ought to be treated. What Buddhist schools have to offer beyond this sentience-based moral theory is a long tradition of practical exercises intended to develop the skills required for recognizing and respecting sentience in others.