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  Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism: Exploratory Essays
By: Hari Shankar Prasad

Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism: Exploratory Essays


 
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Author: Hari Shankar Prasad
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788120832398
Publication Date: 2007

Product Code: 16238
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This book, through extensive textual study, explores the Buddha's and Buddhism's uncompromising and unflinching emphasis on the centrality of ethics as against any pernicious dogmas and metaphysical beliefs, and their attempts to causally relate moral perfection to soteriological or eschatological goal.  What is most admirable about Buddhism is that is integrates the vertical development of human consciousness, for which the other is the necessary condition, with the gradual development of morality.  It was this emphasis which separated Siddhartha, before he attained the Awakened Wisdom from his teacher - Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta - and it is for this reason that the Buddha calls himself and his Dhamma patisotagami, i.e., going against the prevailing dogmas and pernicious beliefs.  In brief, Buddhism is about overcoming of suffering, the greatest evil, through ethicization of human consciousness and conduct, which also takes care of the ethics of the society and universe.  Besides, some of the essays of this book explore many themes like nature of self, time, and interculturality.

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