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8. Ethics

8. Ethics  

Damien Keown

in Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663835.003.0008
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‘Ethics’ explores the moral aspects of Buddhism. Buddhists live in accordance with the Dharma: a universal law of both physical and moral order. Dharma is manifest in the law of karma. ... More
2. The Buddha

2. The Buddha  

Damien Keown

in Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘The Buddha’ charts the life of Siddhattha Gotama — the founder of Buddhism. Fragmentary evidence makes an accurate biography difficult, but four major events stand out — his birth, ... More
1. Buddhism and elephants

1. Buddhism and elephants  

Damien Keown

in Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2013
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‘Buddhism and elephants’ asks: Is Buddhism a religion? Buddhism is large and complex, and does not fit well into traditional Western conceptions of religion. However, Buddhism does adhere ... More
3. Karma and rebirth

3. Karma and rebirth  

Damien Keown

in Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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10.1093/actrade/9780199663835.003.0003
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‘Karma and rebirth’ introduces the mechanisms of the Buddhist universe. This universe comprises the physical universe and the life forms which inhabit it. These give rise to cyclical world ... More
8. Tibetan Buddhism today

8. Tibetan Buddhism today  

Matthew T. Kapstein

in Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780199375226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199735129.003.0008
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‘Tibetan Buddhism today’ considers the relationship between Tibetan Buddhism and China. The budding accord between Chinese communism and Tibetan Buddhism collapsed in the 1950s and resulted ... More
7. Challenges to Hinduism: women and dalits

7. Challenges to Hinduism: women and dalits  

Kim Knott

in Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191807602
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745549.003.0007
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Are issues of status, hierarchy, and power in India related to Hindu ideas about how society should be ordered, organized, and led? Is it possible to separate social and religious ... More
Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction  

Damien Keown

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Jun 2005
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804570.001.0001
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Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of fascinating dilemmas confronting the modern world, ethical moral issues ranging ... More
1. Buddhist morality

1. Buddhist morality  

Damien Keown

in Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2005
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The moral life is emphasized in all branches of Buddhism. Buddhists emphasise virtues such as non-violence and compassion and Buddhism counsels us not to do anything to others we would not ... More
2. Ethics East and West

2. Ethics East and West  

Damien Keown

in Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2005
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9780191775994
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804570.003.0002
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How should we classify Buddhism as an ethical system? To what extent does it resemble or differ from Western ethics? What are the methodological issues in trying to draw comparisons between ... More
4. Issues and JustificationsLanguage, grammar, and polemics

4. Issues and Justifications: Language, grammar, and polemics  

Sue Hamilton

in Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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9780191776403
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853745.003.0004
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To the brahmin priests, the changes that took place during the 5th century bce were a serious threat. They felt they needed to take serious steps to defend their practices and worldview. ... More
6. Things and No‐thingsDevelopments in Buddhist thought

6. Things and No‐things: Developments in Buddhist thought  

Sue Hamilton

in Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853745.003.0006
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Alongside challenges to the orthodox Brahmanical tradition, Buddhist thought and teachings were also subjected to scrutiny, adaptation, study, and revision. ‘Things and No-things’ tries to ... More
Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  

Sue Hamilton

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Feb 2001
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853745.001.0001
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Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. How have the ... More
2. The Brahmanical BeginningsSacrifice, cosmic speculation, oneness

2. The Brahmanical Beginnings: Sacrifice, cosmic speculation, oneness  

Sue Hamilton

in Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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9780191776403
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853745.003.0002
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The 5th century bce is a good place to start an investigation into Indian philosophy as the Brahmanical tradition, which dominated north India at that time, was the only tradition to secure ... More
1. The scholar and the devotee

1. The scholar and the devotee  

Kim Knott

in Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2016
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9780191807602
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745549.003.0001
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In western countries, Hinduism is considered to be a religious system. Is this accurate? To what extent is Hinduism a religion like others and what are the principle characteristics which ... More
2. Revelation and the transmission of knowledge

2. Revelation and the transmission of knowledge  

Kim Knott

in Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2016
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Central to Hinduism is the belief that traditional stories and the truths they contain are worthy of continual retelling. ‘Revelation and the transmission of knowledge’ considers the ... More
4. Divine heroes: the epic tradition

4. Divine heroes: the epic tradition  

Kim Knott

in Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2016
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9780191807602
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745549.003.0004
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The story of Rama (or Ramayana) exists in thousands of written and oral versions. The most well known is the one attributed to Valmiki that was passed down to him by the sage Narada. ... More
6. Religions of India

6. Religions of India  

John Bowker

in God: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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Sep 2014
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9780191781223
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708957.003.0006
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‘Religions of India’ shows that Indian understandings and characterisations of God are extremely diverse and are expressed in the vivid proliferation of worship, rituals, meditation, music, ... More
7. On knowing and not knowing God

7. On knowing and not knowing God  

John Bowker

in God: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2014
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9780191781223
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How can God be known? ‘On knowing and not knowing God’ proposes that it could only be if God creates the means of that knowing, and of that being known. What are the effects through which ... More
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Damien Keown

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Feb 2013
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9780191778353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663835.001.0001
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9780199663835
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. It looks at the distinctive features of ... More
9. Hindu dharma, Hinduism, and hinduisms

9. Hindu dharma, Hinduism, and hinduisms  

Kim Knott

in Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2016
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9780191807602
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745549.003.0009
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Outsiders and insiders see Hinduism differently. Even insiders have different views on Hinduism from each other. It is impossible to offer a simple definition of Hinduism. ‘Hindu dharma, ... More

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