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This systematic introduction to Buddhist ethics is aimed at anyone interested in Buddhism, including students, scholars, and general readers. Peter Harvey is the author of acclaimed Introduction to Buddhism (Cambridge, 1990), and his new book is written in a clear style, assuming no prior knowledge. At the same time it develops a careful probing analysis of the nature and practical dynamics of Buddhist ethics in both its unifying themes and in the particularities of different Buddhist traditions. The book applies Buddhist ethics to a range of issues of contemporary concern: humanity's relationship with the rest of nature; economics; war and peace; euthanasia; abortion; the status of women; and homosexuality. Professor Harvey draws on texts of the main Buddhist traditions, and on historical and contemporary accounts of the behavior of Buddhists, to describe existing Buddhist ethics, to assess different views within it, and to extend its application into new areas.
BUDDHIST ETHICS: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a growing interest in Buddhism, adn it continues to capture the imagination of many in the West who see it as either an alternative or a supplement to their own religious beliefs. Numerous introductory books have appeared in recent years to cater to this growing interest, but almost none devotes attention to the specifically ethical dimensions of the tradition. Fpr various complex cultural and hostorical reasons, ethics has not received as much attention in traditionan Buddhist thought as it has in the West. Written by Damien Keown, one of the few experts worldwide who specializes in the area, Buddhist Ethics illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of contemporary morals ranging from abortion to euthanasia, sexuality to cloning, and even war and economics.
THE SOUND OF TWO HANDS CLAPPING: The Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk by Georges Dreyfus
A unique insider's account of day-to-day life in a Tibetan monastery, The Sound of Two Hands Clapping reveals to Western audiences the fascinating details of monastic education. Georges B. J. Dreyfus, the first Westerner to complete the famous Ge-luk curriculum and achieve the distinguished title of geshe, weaves together eloquent and moving autobiographical reflections with a historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism and insight into its teachings.
BUDDHIST MONASTIC DISCIPLINE by Charles S. Prebish
The Sanskrit Pratimoksa Sutras of the Mahasamghikas and Mulasarvastivadins
Buddhist Monastic Discipline contains two significant Buddhist monastic disciplinary texts -- the Sanskrit Pratimoksa Sutras of the Mahasamghikas and Mulasarvastivadins -- for the first time translated into English. They are printed on facing pages for ease of comparison. One of the texts is that of a very early Buddhist school first appearing in the 4th century BCE, and the other is one not mentioned in the records until the 7th century CE.
LAMA MIPAM'S COMMENTARY TO NAGARJUNA'S STANZAS FOR A NOVICE MONK (With Tsong Khapa's Essence of the Ocean of Vinaya) translated by Glenn Mullin and Lobsang Rabgay
Contains two works on the Vinaya, or system of self-discipline as it is taught to young monks. The first is Nagarjuna's Stanzas for a Novice Monk with a commentary by Jamyang Mipam Rinpoche. The second is the Essence of the Ocean of Vinaya, by Je Tsong Khapa, which addresses the eight fundamental categories of the pratimoksha vows.
CHOOSING SIMPLICITY: A Commentary on the Bhikshuni Pratimoksha by Venerable Bhikshuni Master Wu Yin, trans. by Bhikshuni Jendy, ed. by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
Choosing Simplicity discusses the precepts and lifestyle of fully ordained nuns within the Buddhist tradition. The ordination vows act as guidelines to promote harmony both within the individual and within the community by regulating and thereby simplifying one's relationships to other sangha members and laypeople, as well as to the needs of daily life. Observing these precepts and practicing the Buddhadharma brings incredible benefit to oneself and others. Since the nuns' precepts include those for monks and have additional rules for nuns, this book is useful for anyone interested in monastic life.
BHIKKHUNI PATIMOKKHA OF THE SIX SCHOOLS by Kabilsingh
In Vinaya Pitaka, Patimokha has been accepted as one of the oldest texts of the Buddhist canon. Patimokkha (Skt. Pratimoksa) is a list of rules or courses of training to be observed by the bhikkhus and bhikkunis.
This concise and engaging synopsis of the text known as A Compendium of Ways of Knowing is used in the training of novice monks in the Gelugpa tradition. This book introduces the reader to the system of philosophical logic followed in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Novitiates memorise texts such as this and use them to hone their debating skills. Here, the compendium of the main points of this great text is accompanied by an oral commentary given by the learned scholar, the late Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, to students at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.
ADVICE FROM BUDDHA SAKYAMUNI by H.H. the Dalai Lama
The important small volume, Advice from Buddha Sakyamuni, on the discipline to be observed by monks following the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is based on the Intermediary Verses of the Vinaya Sutra. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet has composed this work for the benefit of all beings, and gives a concise but thorough commentary on the monastic vows and how to uphold them in a pure manner.
However, it should be noted that His focus on the necessity and wisdom of keeping strict moral discipline is not only of relevance to those holding monastic vows in our world. His commentary also contains timely advice for all who wish to live in harmony and peace with other sentient beings, and as such will be of enduring interest to a wide readership.
THE TIBETAN VINAYA: Guide to Buddhist Conduct by Ven. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, trans. by Sonam Palden & Chojor Radha
The Buddha taught the Vinaya to monks and nuns so that they had a set of rules allowing them to devote their complete energy to reaching enlightenment. The Buddha did not simply give these rules all at once--he gave them in response to particular situations. In his discussion of vows, Thrangu Rinpoche explains how and why vows have changed over time in different Buddhist cultures.