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Hi, I'm very new to the Theravada Buddhists' beliefs. I had a question since I have been studying the Bhagavad Gita.
The ethical views of the gita emphasize non-attachment and action out of duty, and regard different social groups as having different moral obligations.
Meanwhile certain Theravada Buddhist texts present a form of ethics which focuses on consequences of actions for the welfare of all beings, assigns the same moral obligations to everyone.
How would someone from each view criticize eachother? I mean, in your opinion which account of ethics do you find more plausible?
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jback2 wrote:How would someone from each view criticize eachother?
I suppose the only way to find out would be to have a modern Hindu and a modern Buddhist discuss ethics together. It wouldn't do to simply put words in the mouth of an alleged contender on either side just for the sake of having a discussion hypothetical points of view.
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