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Moral Theory in Santideva's Siksasamuccaya

Cultivating the Fruits of Virtue

Moral Theory in Santideva's Siksasamuccaya by Barbra R. Clayton
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This important text analyzes the moral theory of the seventh century Indian Mahayana master, Santideva, author of the well-known religious poem, the Bodhicaryavatara (Entering the Path of Enlightenment) as well as the significant, but relatively overlooked, Siksasamuccaya (Compendium of Teachings).

With particular focus on the Siksasamuccaya, this book uses original translations and critical analysis in order to answer the question: How would Santideva’s ethics be understood in terms of Western moral theory? Santideva’s ethical presuppositions and moral reasoning are illuminated by analyzing his key moral terms and comparing them to other Buddhist principles.

By focusing on a neglected Buddhist Sanskrit text by a major Mahayana figure, Barbra R. Clayton helps to redress a significant imbalance in the scholarship on Buddhist ethics, which has - up to now - focused primarily on the ethics of the Pali literature as interpreted in the Theravada tradition.

Taylor and Francis; April 2006
160 pages; ISBN 9781134278282
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Title: Moral Theory in Santideva's Siksasamuccaya
Author: Barbra R. Clayton
 
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0203639960
9780203639962
9780415346962
9781134278268
9781134278282