The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics

ISBN : 9780198746140

Daniel Cozort; James Mark Shields
712 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Mar 2018
Oxford Handbooks
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The Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics provides a comprehensive overview of the field of Buddhist ethics in the twenty-first century. Part one discusses the foundations of Buddhist ethics focusing on karma and the precepts looking at abstinence from harming others, stealing, and intoxication. Part two considers ethics in the different Buddhist traditions and the similarities they share. Part three compares Buddhist ethics to Western ethics and the psychology of moral judgments. Part four investigates Buddhism and society analysing economics, environmental ethics, and Just War ethics. The final part focuses on contemporary issues surrounding Buddhist ethics, including gender, sexuality, animal rights, and euthanasia. This Handbook offers an indispensable reference work for students and scholars of Buddhist ethics and comparative moral philosophy.


Daniel Cozort and James Mark Shields: Introduction; Part I: Foundations; 1 Peter Harvey: Karma; 2 Paul Groner: The Bodhisattva Precepts; 3 Justin Whitaker and Douglass Smith: Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom; Part II: Ethics and Buddhist Traditions; 4 Martin T. Adams: Moral Development in Early Buddhist Literature; 5 Charles S. Prebish: The Vinaya; 6 Bhikkhu Analayo: Bhiksuni Ordination; 7 Barbra Clayton: The Changing Way of the Bodhisattva; 8 Bronwyn Finnegan: Madhyamaka Ethics; 9 Michael Conway: Ethics in Pure Land Schools; 10 Gene Reeves: A Perspective on Ethics in the Lotus Sutra; 11 Christopher Ives: Ethics in Zen; 12 Gareth Sparham: Tantric Ethics; 13 Juliana Essen: Buddhist Ethics in South and Southeast Asia; 14 Richard Madsen: East Asian Buddhist Ethics; 15 Holly Gayley: Buddhist Ethics in Contemporary Tibet; Part III: Comparative Perspectives; 16 Sīlavādin Meynard Vasen: Buddhist Ethics Compared to Western Ethics; 17 Emily McRae: Buddhism and the Psychology of Moral Judgments; 18 Dan Arnold: Buddhist Reductionism and the Logical Space of Reasons; Part IV: Buddhism and Society; 19 Peter Harvey: The Buddhist Just Society; 20 James Mark Shields: Buddhist Economics; 21 Stephanie Kaza: Buddhist Environmental Ethics; 22 Michael Jerryson: Buddhism, War, and Violence; 23 Sallie B. King: The Ethics of Engaged Buddhism in Asia; 24 Christopher Queen: The Ethics of Engaged Buddhism in the West; Part V: Contemporary Issues; 25 Damien Keown: The Buddhist Basis for a Doctrine of Human Rights; 26 Alice Collett: Buddhism and Women; 27 Amy Paris Langenberg: Buddhism and Sexuality; 28 Michael Barnhart: Buddhist Perspectives on Abortion and Reproduction; 29 Damien Keown: Buddhism and Euthanasia; 30 Martin Kovan: Suicide in Buddhist Ethics; 31 Paul Waldau: Buddhism and Animal Rights

About the author: 

Daniel Cozort is Professor of Religion at Dickinson College. He is the author of Unique Tenets of the Middle Way Consequence School (Snow Lion Publications, 2013) and Highest Yoga Tantra (Snow Lion Publications, 2005).; James Mark Shields is Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities and Asian Thought at Bucknell University. His publications include Against Harmony: Progressive and Radical Buddhism in Modern Japan (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Critical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought (Ashgate, 2011).

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