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Buddhist Ethics - H. Saddhatissa

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"For more than a quarter of a century, those in search of an introduction to Buddhist moral thought have turned and returned to this little volume..." Thus notes Charles Hallisey of Harvard University in his introduction. Starting with an examination of classical Greek notions of ethics, Venerable Saddhatissa goes on to explain the development of Buddhist moral codes and their practical application. In this work, Venerable Saddhatissa starts with an examination of Western notions of ethics, beginning with the early Greek philosophers and moving on to show us how the study of morality is crucial to a clear understanding of the Buddhist tradition. Drawing on a vast array of Buddhist scriptures, Venerable Saddhatissa explains the development and position of Buddhist precepts from a traditional perspective, while simultaneously offering clear and practical advice on how best to live the moral life of a lay Buddhist practitioner. ThroughoutBuddhist Ethics, Venerable Saddhatissa always keeps us in touch with the pragmatic uses of Buddhist moral practices, not only as a way to live in harmony with the world, but as an indispensable aspect of the path to the Buddhist's highest spiritual goal.

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Definitions and Historical Backgroundp. 1
Origin and Source of Knowledge of the Highest Statep. 15
The Significance of the Refugesp. 31
Sanctions of Moral Conduct: The Preceptsp. 59
The Underlying Ideals of the Moralitiesp. 81
The Layman's Duties to His Associatesp. 97
The Layman's Relation to the Statep. 113
The Ultimate Goalp. 127
Abbreviationsp. 151
Notesp. 152
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780861711246
ISBN-10: 0861711246
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 3