Introduction to Buddhist Ethics Foundations, Values and Issues

ISBN-10: 0521556406
ISBN-13: 9780521556408
Edition: 2000
Authors: Peter Harvey
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 500
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

For anyone interested in Buddhism, this systematic introduction to Buddhist ethics applies Buddhist ethics to a range of issues of contemporary concern, including humanity's relationship with the rest of nature, euthanasia, abortion and homosexuality.

Shared foundations of Buddhist ethics: sources of guidance to Buddhists
Rebirth and karma
The four noble truths
Philosophy of action
Key Buddhist values
Giving
Keeping the lay precepts
Monastic values
Ethics of inter-personal relationships
Loving kindness and compassion
Social ethics
Mahayana emphases and adaptations: the path of the Bodhisattva
The ethics of the Bodhisattva
Skilful means and overriding precepts
Specific strands of Mahayana thought and practice
Mahayana reassessment of monasticism
Attitude to and treatment of the natural world
Humanity's place in nature
Non-harming of animals
Positive regard, and help, for animals
Plants, trees and forests
Conservation and environmentalism
Economic ethics
Lay economic ethics
The monastic economy
Buddhism and capitalism: Weber's 'Protestant Ethic' thesis
'Buddhist economics'
Buddhism and economics in the modern world
War and peace
Buddhist analyses of the causes of conflict
Solutions to conflict
Non-violent reflections on a violent world
The position of the soldier
Buddhist 'justifications' of and involvement in, violence
Buddhist action for peace in the modern world
Suicide and euthanasia
Considerations and arguments against suicide
Suicide and the precepts
Euthanasia
Abortion and contraception
Embryonic life
Abortion and Buddhist principles
Contraception
Abortion in Buddhist cultures
Anti-abortion but pro-choice?: the relationship between morality and law
The status of women: women in early Hinduism
The effect of Buddhism
The spiritual potential and achievement of women
Gender, rebirth and the status of women
Views on spiritual statuses unattainable by women
Images of wise and wayward women
Ascetic wariness of the opposite sex
The ordination of women
Nuns and other female religious roles in Buddhist cultures
Lay women in Buddhist texts
Lay women in Buddhist cultures
Homosexuality and other forms of 'Queerness'
Sex change
Hermaphrodites
Pandakas
Homosexual acts
Homosexuality in Buddhist cultures

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