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Fundamentals of Buddhist ethics

Author: Gunapala Dharmasiri
Publisher: Antioch, Calif. : Golden Leaves, ©1989.
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Dharmasiri, Gunapala.
Fundamentals of Buddhist ethics.
Antioch, Calif. : Golden Leaves, ©1989
(OCoLC)644030931
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gunapala Dharmasiri
ISBN: 0942353021 9780942353020
OCLC Number: 17298328
Description: xv, 157 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Background to Buddhist ethics. Buddhist theory of knowledge --
Buddhist concept of the universe and the world --
Three basic features of the world. Motivation in Buddhist ethics. Doctrine of karma --
Conventional reality and absolute reality --
"Other regarding" actions --
Hua-Ten doctrine of interdependence --
Love that embraces all beings --
Morality and salvific power --
The theory of rebirth supports social virtues. Criteria of good and bad. Karmic actions and path actions --
Objective justification of moral actions --
Individual and social morality. Karma and rebirth. Free will as moral choice --
Karma and motive --
Rebirth as a probable hypothesis --
Scientific investigation of rebirth. Sublime virtues. Buddhist concept of metta --
Methods to displace resentment. The origin and nature of society. The central immorality --
Development of social complications --
Social changes and psychic changes. Buddhist social ethics. Buddhist emphasis on equality --
Buddha's advice to Sigala --
Six main social classes --
Moral principles and social order. Buddhist polity. Proper leadership --
Leadership qualities. The perfect society. Unanimity of the order --
Rules of conduct --
Duties of a resident monk towards a visitor --
Duties of a monk when entering a monastery. The bodhisattva ideal. Bodhisattva and arahant --
Bodhisattva and self surrender --
Guarding one's mind --
Practice of paramita. The Buddhist concept of evil. Concept of Mara --
Evil as opposed to correct knowledge. The nature of nirvana. Establishment of awareness --
Negative and positive expressions --
Metaphysical analysis of Mahayana Buddhism --
Mahayana concept of voidness (sunyata) --
Tantric Buddhist theory. Appendix. Buddhism and the modern world.
Responsibility: Gunapala Dharmasiri.

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