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Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics

Charles Goodman

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195375190
eISBN:
9780199871377
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375190.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Buddhist ethical views have much in common with certain modern ethical theories, and contain many insights relevant to contemporary moral problems. This book examines the theoretical structure of the ... More


Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

Kristin Scheible

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231171380
eISBN:
9780231542609
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171380.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Vamsa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, ... More


Virtue

Mandy Sadan

in Being and Becoming Kachin: Histories Beyond the State in the Borderworlds of Burma

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265550
eISBN:
9780191760341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265550.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter considers the impact of conversion to Christianity among the Kachin peoples of Burma and the role that conflict has had in promoting Christianity as a principal ideological foundation ... More


Theravāda Ethics as Rule-Consequentialism

Charles Goodman

in Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195375190
eISBN:
9780199871377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375190.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter analyzes the theoretical structure of Theravāda ethics, drawing primarily on the Pali Canon. This form of Buddhist ethics has much in common with consequentialism. Several explicit ... More


buddha nature

D. Jason Slone

in Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn't

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195169263
eISBN:
9780199835256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195169263.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Religious thought involves the presumption that superhuman agents exist, while theology involves postulations about these agents. This dual feature of religion seems to apply across the board. ... More


Cognition and Religious Systems

Todd Tremlin

in Minds and Gods: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195305340
eISBN:
9780199784721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195305345.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Religious people and their religions are not always harmonized. Scholars have long noted two faces of religious practice, one corresponding to an “official” set of beliefs and ... More


Educating Monks: Minority Buddhism on China's Southwest Border

Thomas A. Borchert

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824866488
eISBN:
9780824875657
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824866488.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Educating Monks examines the education and training of novices and young Buddhist monks of a Tai minority group on China’s Southwest border. The Buddhists of this region, the Dai-lue, are Chinese ... More


Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia

J. L. Cassaniti

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501707995
eISBN:
9781501714177
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707995.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Remembering the Present examines the contemporary meanings, practices, and purposes of mindfulness in the countries of Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar (Burma), which together make up a large part of ... More


Early Buddhism: Three Baskets of Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 4 takes up Buddhist understandings of dhamma or dharma as they were developed in (or better, into) the three baskets of the early Buddhist canon, especially the Pāli canon of the Theravāda ... More


At the Marrow: Practice and Belief

James-William Coleman

in The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152418
eISBN:
9780199849314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152418.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses the differences among the three major branches of Western Buddhism and then turns to the common ground they share. These include Zen, Vajrayana, and Vipassana Buddhism. Zen was ... More


Theravada in Wider Perspective

Asanga Tilakaratne

in Theravada Buddhism: The View of the Elders

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835965
eISBN:
9780824871598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835965.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This concluding chapter discusses Theravada Buddhism in the globalized world of today. It particularly examines Western Theravada Buddhism, socially engaged Buddhism, and the movement of Theravada ... More


Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America

Wendy Cadge

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226088990
eISBN:
9780226089010
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226089010.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This ethnography opens a window onto two communities of ... More


Spirits of the Place: Buddhism and Lao Religious Culture

John Clifford Holt

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833275
eISBN:
9780824869991
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833275.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book contributes to the understanding of religious culture in Laos and Southeast Asia. This book brings this nation into focus. With its overview of Lao Buddhism and analysis of how shifting ... More


“Just as a Mother’s Milk Flows from Her Breasts”: Breastfeeding and Compassionate Deeds

Reiko Ohnuma

in Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199915651
eISBN:
9780199950058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915651.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the use of breastfeeding as a metaphor for the compassionate deeds of buddhas and bodhisattvas. It argues that whereas the comparison between a mother’s breastfeeding and the ... More


Theravada Buddhism: The View of the Elders

Asanga Tilakaratne

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835965
eISBN:
9780824871598
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835965.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book brings to life the age-old religious tradition of Theravada (literally, “view of the elders”) Buddhism as it is found in ancient texts and understood and practiced today in South and ... More


Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society

Juliane Schober

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833824
eISBN:
9780824871635
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833824.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

For centuries, Burmese have looked to the authority of their religious tradition, Theravada Buddhism, to negotiate social and political hierarchies. This book examines those moments in the modern ... More


Wasted Lives?

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines Ronald Dworkin's reflections on the good life. More specifically, it considers Dworkin's view that we should all seek to live well so as to achieve “successful” lives and avoid ... More


Conclusion

Ian Harris

in Buddhism in a Dark Age: Cambodian Monks under Pol Pot

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835613
eISBN:
9780824871444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835613.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This concluding chapter returns to the developments in Buddhism during the PRK period and beyond in discussing the struggles of these Cambodian Buddhists in the face of changing sociopolitical ... More


The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency

Maria Heim

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199331031
eISBN:
9780199369386
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331031.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book treats systematically the ethical thought of the fifth-century CE Theravāda Buddhist thinker Buddhaghosa. It focuses on an important equivalence in Buddhist thought that identifies ... More


Karma and its Results

Asanga Tilakaratne

in Theravada Buddhism: The View of the Elders

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835965
eISBN:
9780824871598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835965.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines karma and its consequences. The belief in karma and its results has become a central component in the Theravada belief system. Although karma is not supposed to be understood as ... More


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