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Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism: Exploratory Essays

Price : $24.75
ISBN # : 9788120832398
Author : Hari Shankar Prasad
pages: 602
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2007

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 it 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 (bodhi), from his teachers - 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 currents of 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 ethicization of the society and the universe. Besides, some of the essays of this book explore many other themes like Buddhist epistemology, nature of self, time, and interculturality.

Review 1:
''The Centrality of Ethics in Buddhism: Exploratory Essay-by Hari Shankar Prasad- Being well-versed with the original sources of Buddhism and being its hard core advocate, the author has given an authentic Buddhist response to these issues, yet they remain alien to the discussion on Buddhist ethics....Because of its profundity, which is the outcome of the author's reliance on the original sources, and comprehensive bibliography, I strongly recommend the book to the scholars as well as lay readers interested in Buddhism''
Source: - The Tribune, September, 2007

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 24 October, 2007.
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