Buddhist Metaphysics & Ethics
The Buddha intended his philosophy to be a practical one, aimed at the happiness of all creatures. While he outlined his metaphysics, he did not expect anyone to accept this on faith but rather to verify the insights for themselves; his emphasis was always on seeing clearly and understanding. To achieve this, however, requires a disciplined life and a clear commitment to liberation; the Buddha laid out a clear path to the goal and also observations on how to live life wisely. 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. The Buddha's teachings on ethics and living a good life also extended to the realm of the social and political. He was ahead of his time in many ways; considering all people as equal, he rejected the caste system and openly encouraged women to become students and teachers.
H Prasad, having his BA (Hons.) from Bihar University, MA and M Phil from Delhi University is a versatile scholar, writer and true thinker having knowledge and mastery over literature, philosophy and culture. A researcher to the core he was a Junior Research Fellow (NET) of UGC and had attended several departmental seminars and symposium.
CONTENTS Preface v 1. Lord Buddha and his Mystic Disciples 1 2. Life of Nuns in Buddhist Monastries 13 3. Schools in Buddhist Mysticism 47 4. Mahayana Buddhism 77 5. Karma and Rebirth in Early Buddhism 93 6. Eckhart and Buddhism 113 7. Basis of Buddhist Philosophy 141 8. Buddhism of Faith and Devotion 161 9. Tantra or Magical Buddhism 173 10. The First Three Vajra Points: The Three Jewels 183 11. The Fourth Vajra Point: Tathagatagarbha 191 12. The Fifth and Sixth Vajra Points: The Bodhiand the Guna 203 13. The Seventh Vajra Point: The Krtya-kriya ofthe Tathagata 231 14. The Advantage of Having Faith in the Tathagata-Garbha Teaching 251 Bibliography 297 Index 301