In the first module of this course we explore the groundwork for an altruistic life. For the Dalai Lama, the foundation of altruism, compassion, and ethics is the observation that we all naturally desire happiness and freedom from suffering. Ethical actions, therefore, are those that support, not hinder, others' pursuit of happiness.
But what is happiness? If we are going to pursue happiness for ourselves and others, we need to understand what true happiness is — what is genuine happiness and what is the relationship of inner peace and happiness to ethics and spirituality. In this module we explore: