By Damien Keown
The latter 1/2 the 20th century witnessed a starting to be curiosity in Buddhism, and it keeps to catch the mind's eye of many within the West who see it as both an alternate or a complement to their very own spiritual ideals. quite a few introductory books have seemed lately to cater to this becoming curiosity, yet nearly none devotes recognition to the in particular moral dimensions of the culture. for numerous complicated cultural and ancient purposes, ethics has now not acquired as a lot awareness in conventional Buddhist suggestion because it has within the West. Written through Damien Keown, one of many few specialists world wide who makes a speciality of the realm, Buddhist Ethics illustrates how Buddhism may well process a number of modern morals starting from abortion to euthanasia, sexuality to cloning, or even battle and economics.
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This viewpoint may have been promoted by the earliest Western scholars who, in the 19th century, tended to focus on Buddhist texts that seemed world-rejecting. By contrast, more than a century later, and utilizing not only Buddhist values, but also American and European forms of social protest and active social involvement, socially engaged Buddhists have employed boycotts, protest marches, letter-writing campaigns, and a host of other techniques to actively project Buddhist values into the contemporary debate about the global issues that concern everyone on the planet.
Do not accumulate wealth while millions remain hungry. Buddhist Ethics 6. Do not maintain anger or hatred. 7. Do not lose yourself in distraction, inwardly or outwardly. 8. Do not utter words that can create discord or cause your community to split apart. 9. Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal advantage or to impress people. 10. Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or proﬁt, or transform your community into a political party. 11. Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans or nature.
One of the few early texts to explore moral dilemmas is Milinda’s Questions, and it is interesting that although the bulk of the work was composed in Sri Lanka, the debate recorded in this text took place in a Greek-inﬂuenced part of northwest India between a Buddhist monk (Na¯gasena) and a Greek king (Milinda). In this text, we see the possible beginnings of a line of ethical enquiry similar to the Socratic paradoxes in Plato’s early dialogues. As an example of these, in the Euthyphro, Socrates asks whether certain things are good because God commands them, or whether God commands them because they are good.
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