9780415346962

Moral Theory in Santideva's Siksasamuccaya: Cultivating the Fruits of Virtue

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    9780415346962

  • ISBN10:

    0415346967

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-01-13
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Barbra R. Clayton is currently Assistant Professor for Eastern Religions at Mount Allison University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Abbreviations xiii
Conventions xiv
Introduction
1(30)
Objectives
1(5)
Method
6(25)
The text and its author
31(10)
Santideva's dates and doctrinal affiliation
31(2)
Santideva's life
33(3)
Santideva's works
36(2)
The text of the Siksasamuccaya
38(1)
Structure of the Siksasamuccaya
39(2)
Summary of the Siksasamuccaya
41(26)
Protection
42(9)
Purification
51(7)
Cultivation
58(9)
Analysis of key moral terms in the Siksasamuccaya
67(22)
Kusala
67(5)
Sila
72(4)
Punya
76(4)
Punya and its problematic ``application''
80(9)
Santideva's morality in context
89(23)
Santideva's morality
90(11)
Just one moral theory?
101(11)
Conclusions
112(7)
What kind of moral theory?
112(1)
Is Buddhist morality homogeneous?
113(6)
Appendix I: verses of the Siksasamuccaya 119(8)
Appendix II: titles of works quoted in the Siksasamuccaya 127(3)
Notes 130(20)
Bibliography 150(7)
Index 157

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