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buddhist ethics

Postby kiwimark » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:18 pm

Am thinking of ordering a book on buddhist ethics. So l'm wondering which is the more insightful author.
Damien keown
Peter harvey
Hammalawa saddhatissa
Others?
Thanks. :anjali:
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Re: buddhist ethics

Postby bodom » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:25 pm

kiwimark wrote:Am thinking of ordering a book on buddhist ethics. So l'm wondering which is the more insightful author.
Damien keown
Peter harvey
Hammalawa saddhatissa
Others?
Thanks. :anjali:


Having read Hammalawa Saddhatissa's Buddhist Ethics, yes, I highly recommend it.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: buddhist ethics

Postby daverupa » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:35 pm

The Nature of Buddhist Ethics, by Damien Keown, is a fine read. He plays a tad fast and loose with the Theravada-Mahayana textual divide, but the point he makes about the pairing of Sila-Panna is worth reading over. I'd get it from a library, rather than buy it.

Peter Harvey is a good author elsewhere (The Selfless Mind), but I'm not certain of his ethical thought. I have one of his books in my to-read pile, I'll get back to you.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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Re: buddhist ethics

Postby Kim OHara » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:17 pm

You might also like the Journal of Buddhist Ethics at http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/.
(This isn't where it used to be and doesn't look much like it used to look. Anyone know what's going on?)

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Re: buddhist ethics

Postby cooran » Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:48 am

Hello Kim, all,

I searched on Google for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics: http://jbe.la.psu.edu

And one of the results said this:
1. 913 - CAN - Collections Australia Network - Collections
http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/col ... rch.php?...
Records 9121 - 9130 of 64364 – ISSN: 1076-9005 http://scorpio.gold.ac.uk/jbe/jbe.html http://jbe.la.psu.edu Link no longer valid as of May 23, ...

Huge website though and couldn’t find the bit above.

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Re: buddhist ethics

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:48 am

Thanks, Cooran,
I did a bit more poking around on the net. Every link that doesn't end up in a dead end points to the site I found - http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/ which is hosted http://blogs.dickinson.edu/ by Dickinson College http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickinson_College, down the road from Penn State University which used to host the Journal.
This site - http://www.globethics.net/web/journal-of-buddhist-ethics - says it has all of the JBE online but I haven't tried to register on it.

But I didn't find any explanation for the changes. :shrug:

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Re: buddhist ethics

Postby Bankei » Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:46 am

Try Charles Goodman
Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics, Oxford University Press 2009.

His homepage http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~cgoodman/research.html
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Re: buddhist ethics

Postby Paññāsikhara » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:00 am

kiwimark wrote:Am thinking of ordering a book on buddhist ethics. So l'm wondering which is the more insightful author.
Damien keown
Peter harvey
Hammalawa saddhatissa
Others?
Thanks. :anjali:


They're all good.
1. --> more ethical theory.
2. --> buddhist responses to questions of ethics.
3. --> more traditional buddhist sila.

If you really want Buddhist ethics, I'd go for door number 2.

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