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Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.

Baha'u'llah, Gleanings

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Jesus, Matthew 7:12

One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct....loving-kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

Confucius, Analects 15.23

This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.

Mahabharata 5:1517

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.

The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.

Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.

Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a

We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.

Chief Dan George

I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me.
Indeed, I am a friend to all.

Guru Granth Sahib, p.1299

Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain and your neighbour's loss as your own loss.

Lao Tzu, T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218

We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Unitarian principle

Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.

Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

 

With thanks to Scarboro Missions who present this original English version of the Golden Rule, prepared by Paul McKenna.

Click here to view conference round-up page.

Click here to download a registration form and printable schedule (pdf file).

The Institute is pleased to present a three-day conference devoted to the study of the Golden Rule in the Religions of the World,
from Tuesday, April 15, through Thursday, April 17, 2008.

“The study of comparative religions can find no more suitable arena for its work than the Golden Rule in world religions. That is for a simple reason. The Golden Rule—‘do to others as you would have them do to you’ and ‘what is hateful to you, to your fellow, don’t do,’ to take the two most familiar formulations—defines a meeting place for many fields of learning. There the study of comparative religion, philosophy and ethics, anthropology and sociology, and the whole range of cross-cultural studies in the social sciences and the humanities intersect,” states Jacob Neusner, the coorganizer of the conference. “Both the Golden Rule itself and how it attests to the human condition demand study. Defining the rule and explaining its universality in religion and culture require attention.”

Organized by Bard professors Bruce D. Chilton and Jacob Neusner, participants include Robert Berchman, Dowling College; Chris Boehm, University of Southern California; Mark A. Csikszentmihalyi, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Harry Gensler, John Carroll University; William Scott Green, University of Miami; Charles Hallisey, University of Wisconsin; Th. Emil Homerin, University of Rochester; Baruch A. Levine, New York University; Mahnaz Moazami, Columbia University; Olivier du Roy, Paris; Jeffrey Wattles, Kent State University; David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University; and Daniel Berthold, Richard Davis, Carolyn Dewald, Kristin Scheible, Bard College. During the conference, Bard undergraduates from Professors Chilton and Neusner’s seminar on the Golden Rule join in the discussion of the papers at the conference. The conference papers will be published in two volumes: The Golden Rule: Analytical Perspectives by University Press of America, and The Golden Rule in World Religions by Continuum.

The conference is presented at the College with a grant from the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.

Reservations are requested, however there is no charge for attendance. All presentations take place in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center. Click here to download a registration form and printable schedule (pdf file).

For additional information or reservations, call the IAT at 845-758-7279 or e-mail iat@bard.edu.

If you plan on staying overnight for the conference, the Beekman Arms/Delemater Inn in Rhinebeck will offer conference attendees a special rate. Call 845-876-7077 extension 1 for details.

Travel information to Bard College

Link to MapQuest Directions

Conference schedule:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. REGISTRATION, Weis Cinema
1:00-1:15 p.m. Welcome, Michèle Dominy, Dean of the College
1:15-2:15 p.m. Keynote address: Defining the Golden Rule, William Scott Green, University of Miami
HOW THE GOLDEN RULE FIGURES IN WORLD RELIGIONS
2:15-3:15 p.m. The Golden Rule in Ancient Israelite Scripture, Baruch A. Levine, New York University
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. The Golden Rule in Graeco-Roman Religion and Philosophy, Robert Berchman, Dowling College
4:30-5:30 p.m. The Golden Rule in Graeco-Roman Religion and Philosophy, Carolyn Dewald, Bard College
5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m.

The Golden Rule in Confucianism, Mark A. Csikszentmihalyi, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
9:00-10:00 a.m. The Golden Rule in Judaism, Jacob Neusner, Bard College
10:00-11:00 a.m. The Golden Rule in Zoroastrianism, Mahnaz Moazami, Columbia University
11:00-12 noon The Golden Rule in Earliest Christianity, Bruce D. Chilton, Bard College
12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. The Golden Rule as the Law of Nature, from Origen to Martin Luther, Olivier du Roy, Paris
2:00-3:00 p.m. The Golden Rule in Islam, Th. Emil Homerin, University of Rochester
3:00-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:15 p.m. The Golden Rule in Buddhism [I], Kristin Scheible, Bard College
4:15-5:15 p.m. The Golden Rule in Buddhism [II], Charles Hallisey, University of Wisconsin
5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m. The Golden Rule in Hinduism, Richard Davis, Bard College
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

The Golden Rule. Film screening and discussion with filmmaker Tina Petrova, and representatives of Scarboro Missions: Paul McKenna and Rev. Leslie Gabriel Mezei.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVES
9:00-10:00 a.m. Philosophical Perspectives on the Golden Rule, Daniel Berthold, Bard College
10:00-11:00 a.m. Philosophical Perspectives on the Golden Rule, Jeffrey Wattles, Kent State University
11:00-12 noon The Golden Rules of Religion, David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University
12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. How the Golden Rule Can Lead to Reproductive Success: A New Selection Basis for Alexander’s “Indirect Reciprocity,” Chris Boehm, University of Southern California
2:00-3:00 p.m. Gold or Fool’s Gold? Ridding the Golden Rule of Absurd Implications, Harry Gensler, John Carroll University
3:00-3:30 p.m. Discussion and Conclusion

 

Please note: Presentation order and title, subject to change.

Events occur in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.


 

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