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Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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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
Thanks. :anjali:

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Re: buddhist ethics

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

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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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.

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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 .
(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Records 9121 - 9130 of 64364 – ISSN: 1076-9005 http://scorpio.gold.ac.uk/jbe/jbe.html http://jbe.la.psu.edu Link no longer valid as of May 23, ...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 - which is hosted by Dickinson College , down the road from Penn State University which used to host the Journal.
This site - - 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

My recently moved Blog, containing some of my writings on the Buddha Dhamma, as well as a number of translations from classical Buddhist texts and modern authors, liturgy, etc.: .

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