An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values, and Issues

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Contents
List of platespagexii
Acknowledgementsxiii
List of abbreviationsxiv
A note on language and pronunciationxix
Introduction1
1 THE SHARED FOUNDATIONS OF BUDDHIST ETHICS8
     Sources of guidance to Buddhists8
     Rebirth and karma11
     The realms of rebirth12
     Karma and its effects14
     The status and working of the law of karma16
     The 'karmic fruitfulness' of actions17
     Karmic fruitfulness and motive19
     The Sagha as the best 'field of karmic fruitfulness'21
     Karma and fatalism23
     Flexibility in the working of karma24
         Delayed results of karma24
         The effect of character25
         Remorse and the acknowledgement of fault26
     Rebirth, karma and motivation28
     The Four Noble Truths31
     Suffering33
     Impermanence34
     Not-Self and respecting others36
     The Noble Eightfold Path37
     Noble persons39
     The place of ethics on the Path40
     Wise, skilful, wholesome actions42
     The Arahat as 'beyond fruitful and deadening actions'43
     Philosophy of action46

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