Ethical Conflicts In Buddhist Society
It is well-known that Buddhism is the most ethical of "religions". An important part of the Noble Eightfold Path relates to the development of ethical conduct; for many a layperson Buddhist practice consists mainly in the "keeping of the precepts"; many Bhikkhus see in the Vinaya rules the essence of the religious life; and even many of the paramitas expected of those aspiring to Buddhahood are ethical in nature. The experience of suffering is the starting point of Buddhist teaching and of any attempt to define a distinctively Buddhist social action. There is, of course, much gross, objective suffering in the world and much of this arises from poverty, war, oppression and other social conditions. We cling to our good fortune and struggle at all costs to escape from our bad fortune. This struggle may not be so desperate in certain countries which enjoy a high material standard of living spread relatively evenly throughout the population. Nevertheless, the material achievements of such societies appear somehow to have been bought by social conditions which breed a profound sense of insecurity and anxiety, of restlessness and inner confusion, in contrast to the relatively stable and ordered society in which the Buddha taught.
P Pathak after obtaining his MasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree in Philosophy and M Phil in philosophy is a scholar and interpreter of Indian religion and philosophy. He had a classical training in humanistic secular literature, religion and culture and he had combined his insight and perception with his literary abilities to bring this title as a classic and great work. He is retired reader devoting has time writing on literature and culture.
Preface V 1. Buddhist Ethics --Pg. 1 2. Rebirth,Karma and Motivation --Pg. 23 3. Factions and Fortitude --Pg.59 4. Ordination and Legitimacy --Pg.77 5. Philosophies East and West --Pg. 113 6. The Buddhist Implications --Pg.139 7. Ethical Transformation and the Axial Age --Pg. 185 Bibliography --Pg.225 Index --Pg. 229