Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Damien Keown

By Damien Keown

The latter 1/2 the 20 th century witnessed a becoming curiosity in Buddhism, and it maintains to trap the mind's eye of many within the West who see it as both an alternate or a complement to their very own non secular beliefs.

Numerous introductory books have seemed in recent times to cater to this starting to be curiosity, yet virtually none devotes realization to the in particular moral dimensions of the culture. for varied advanced cultural and ancient purposes, ethics has now not got as a lot realization in conventional Buddhist proposal because it has within the West.

Written via Damien Keown, one of many few specialists around the globe who makes a speciality of the realm, Buddhist Ethics illustrates how Buddhism may perhaps technique a variety of modern ethical concerns, starting from abortion to euthanasia, sexuality to cloning, or even conflict and economics.

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By Damien Keown

The latter 1/2 the 20 th century witnessed a becoming curiosity in Buddhism, and it maintains to trap the mind's eye of many within the West who see it as both an alternate or a complement to their very own non secular beliefs.

Numerous introductory books have seemed in recent times to cater to this starting to be curiosity, yet virtually none devotes realization to the in particular moral dimensions of the culture. for varied advanced cultural and ancient purposes, ethics has now not got as a lot realization in conventional Buddhist proposal because it has within the West.

Written via Damien Keown, one of many few specialists around the globe who makes a speciality of the realm, Buddhist Ethics illustrates how Buddhism may perhaps technique a variety of modern ethical concerns, starting from abortion to euthanasia, sexuality to cloning, or even conflict and economics.

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If you plant an apple seed, an apple tree will grow. If you plant an oak seed, an oak tree will grow. It is just the principle of Cause and Effect. Thus, fairness and memory are not factors in kamma and this applies equally to all beings in existence. Memories of past lives lie deep in the subconscious mind. We are usually unable to access these memories because our minds 31 are not clear, or disciplined enough. For example, very few of us can recall what we did on the same day of even just a month ago!

However, it is said in the Buddhist texts that some Heavenly beings, and also some beings reborn in the Lower realms are in fact able to recall their past lives. Some of these beings have described the deeds which resulted in the conditions of their rebirth. There is thus some incentive to do the best we can in this life. In any case, as Buddhists we should do the best we can in this life, whether or not we will experience positive results in the next life. 32 There is a meaningful saying in Buddhism which bears some thinking about : There are in fact many well researched and documented cases of people, including many children, who remember their past lives.

Observe all these phenomena, and note in a non-judgmental manner, whether they are positive, negative or even neutral. It is simply a 'stepping-back' or observing with awareness whatever is happening. For example, when the phone rings, be aware of your hearing the sound, your intention to answer it, the physical movement of reaching for the phone, etc. You can even try to make yourself fully aware that you are walking from one room to another room in your house! A further example is when you feel anger rising.

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