By Barbra Clayton
This significant text analyzes the ethical idea of the 7th century Indian Mahayana grasp, Santideva, writer of the well known spiritual poem, the Bodhicaryavatara (Entering the trail of Enlightenment) in addition to the numerous, yet rather neglected, Siksasamuccaya (Compendium of Teachings). With specific specialize in the Siksasamuccaya, this booklet makes use of unique translations and important research as a way to solution the query: How may Santideva’s ethics be understood when it comes to Western ethical idea? Santideva’s moral presuppositions and ethical reasoning are illuminated by way of examining his key ethical phrases and evaluating them to different Buddhist rules. via concentrating on a ignored Buddhist Sanskrit textual content by means of a big Mahayana determine, Barbra R. Clayton is helping to redress an important imbalance within the scholarship on Buddhist ethics, which has - prior to now - targeted totally on the ethics of the Pali literature as interpreted within the Theravada culture.
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