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

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This systematic introduction to Buddhist ethics is aimed at anyone interested in Buddhism, including students, scholars and general readers. Peter Harvey is the author of the acclaimed Introduction to Buddhism (Cambridge, 1990), and his new book is written in a clear style, assuming no prior knowledge. At the same time it develops a careful, probing analysis of the nature...more
Hardcover, 500 pages
Published July 24th 2000 by Cambridge University Press (first published June 22nd 2000)
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Maura
I didn't enjoy reading about some of the negative historical Buddhist views on women, homosexual men, and abortion. I think this book is supposed to be of use in case anyone to whom you're serving as a chaplain asks for moral guidance. However, I think I'll take my own morals based on my experience in the 21st century over morality from multiple millennia ago.
Jimmyle
Very dense. Excellent resource. Am now re-reading assigned chapters for Buddhist Chaplaincy training.
Manuel Vega
A reference book. It provides topics to discuss about. Some of the views are debatable even within Buddhism. Definitely not a good choice to approach Buddhist ethics for someone who has not the background necessary to put each topic within the historical context.
Sabio
The best scholarly review of the variety of Buddhist ethics.
Just like Christian ethics, there are many different stances.
This book is best for those with heavy scholarly bent who have already read much on Buddhism.

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his out of print book An introduction to Buddhism collected dust on my shelf for years, I'm assuming this is that, revised.
Phil
I've used this as a reference book. I have not read it from cover to cover.
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