Buddhism & Ethics
Ethics basically involves leading life in a right manner and making right decisions about moral issues. In Buddhism, there is no God. So, it is up to human beings themselves to perform right action and make this world better. Buddhism considers behaviour ethical only if it does not cause harm to one self or other. It is also noteworthy that in Buddhism, ethical beaviour is necessary not only because it is based on right or wrong but also because it is the means to attain enlightenment. For common Buddhists, the Five Precepts form the foundation for an ethical behaviour. Essentially, according to Buddhist teachings, the ethical and moral principles are governed by examining whether a certain action, whether connected to body or speech is likely to be harmful to one's self or to others and thereby avoiding any actions which are likely to be harmful. In Buddhism, there is much talk of a skilled mind. A mind that is skilful avoids actions that are likely to cause suffering or remorse.
M Srivastava is a scholar of ancient history, literature and culture. He is an MA and MPhil in History. He served as a curator in provincial museum for a short period and later on joined as an ad-hoc Lecturer in prestigious college and still continuing and teaching history.
Preface: Pg. v
1. Origin and Source of Knowledge Pg. 1
2. The Three Characteristics of Existence Pg. 33
3. The Significance of the Refuges Pg. 47
4. Sanctions of Moral Conduct: The Precepts Pg. 73
5. The Underlaying Ideals of the Moralities Pg. 87
6. The LaymenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Duties to his Association Pg. 195
7. The LaymenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Relation to the State Pg. 207
8. The Ultimate Goal Pg. 231
Bibliography Pg. 263
Index Pg. 267