BUDDHIST CONDUCT: The Ten Virtuous Actions by Thrangu Rinpoche
This book is an extensive examination of how Buddhists of all traditions should conduct themselves as well as guidelines for determining if an action will lead to a positive or negative karmic result.
Rinpoche explains the ten virtuous actions, which have two aspects: Avoiding the ten unvirtuous actions and engaging in the special practices which are their opposites. He also explains how certain actions lead to negative karma using the four fundamental conditions of: object, intention, the action itself, and the completed action.
"For more than a quarter of a century those in search of an introduction to Buddhist moral thought have turned and returned to this little volume" which includes "a remarkable range of information on Buddhist history, thought and practice as background for understanding the fundamental issues of Buddhist ethics."
This innovative volume examines a range of contemporary moral issues from a Buddhist perspective. It brings together the views of leading scholars on a range of controversial subjects including human rights, animal rights, ecology, abortion, euthanasia, and contemporary business practice, in an attempt to lay the foundations for a Buddhist response to some of the most pressing challenges of today and the next millennium.
Throughout the centuries, moral philosophers have considered a permanent and eternal law a necessary requirement for the formulation of a moral principle. In contrast, early Buddhism presented a radical theory of impermanence. Interpreters of this tradition, however, have been persistent in viewing nirvana or freedom as a permanent and eternal state in contrast to the impermanent world of sensory experience and bondage.
This book, so far as can be ascertained, is the first work to be devoted entirely to the ethics of Buddhism, presenting an in-depth appraisal of the cardinal virtues of Buddhism, from self-restraint, abstinance and contentment to gratitude, toleration and righteousness.
Bodhisattva Section of Tsong-Kha-Pa's LAM RIM CHEN MO Translated by Alex Wayman from the Tiaodhisattva Section of Tsong-Kha-Pa's LAM RIM CHEN MO Translated by Alex Wayman from the Tibetan original With a Foreword by the Dalai Lama. One of the leading Tibetan scholars in the world has translated this work by the great Tsong-kha-pa, the titular head of the Gelugpa Sect and perhaps the Tibetan equivalent of the great Nagarjuna.
GOING FORTH: Visions of Buddhist Vinaya by William Bodiford
In its role as a scriptural charter, vinaya has justified widely dissimilar approaches to religious life as Buddhist orders in different times and places have interpreted it in contradictory ways. In the resulting tension between scripture and practice, certain kinds of ceremonial issues (such as those involving lineage, seniority, initiation, purification, repentance, visualization, vows, ordination) acquire profound social, psychological, doctrinal, and soteriological significance in Buddhism. Going Forth focuses on these issues over a wide sweep of history--from early fifth-century China to modern Japan--to provide readers with a rich overview of the intersection of doctrinal, ritual, and institutional concerns in the development of East Asian Buddhist practices.
RULES FOR NUNS: The Discipline in Four Parts by Ann Heirmann
The present work provides the first complete annotated translation into English of the Chinese version of the bhiksunivibhanga of the Dharmaguptakavinaya. This vinaya laid the foundation of Chinese monastic life. As the Dharmaguptakavinaya came into being in symbiosis with other vinaya traditions, a comparison is made with these other traditions on important issues.
Provides the first English translation of the Tibetan and Chinese texts on monastic discipline for Buddhist nuns and presents a comparative study of the two texts. An important contribution for studies of women's history, feminist philosophy, women's studies, women in religion, and feminist ethics.
VINAYA TEXTS, Vol. I-III by Rhys Davids T. W. and Hermann Oldenberg
Vinaya Texts, Vol. I-III, Translated from Pali by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg, Sri Satguru Publications, 3 volumes
Volume I: The Patimokkha, The Mhavagga I-IV;
Volume II: The Mahavagga V-X, The Kulavagga I-III;
Volume III: The Kulavagga IV-XII