Striking a Balance

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-16
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Striking a Balance offers a lucid, thoughtful, and thoroughly engaging review of the major ethical teachings in the dominant Asian traditions. Michael C. Brannigan applies his extensive background and scholarship to craft a concise yet comprehensive introduction to Asian ethics covering the long-standing traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

Author Biography

Michael C. Brannigan is the George and Jane Pfaff Endowed chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface to Revised Editionp. ix
Acknowledgments for the Revised Editionp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Hindu Ethicsp. 1
Backgroundp. 3
Life's Four Stagesp. 9
Life's Four Goalsp. 11
Paths to Enlightenmentp. 18
Karma and Rebirthp. 22
Shades of Dharmap. 24
Review Questionsp. 36
Notesp. 37
Buddhist Ethicsp. 41
Backgroundp. 42
The Middle Pathp. 48
The Four Noble Truthsp. 51
In the Wake of Karmap. 62
The Four Supreme Virtuesp. 65
What Is a Buddhist Social Ethic?p. 71
Review Questionsp. 82
Notesp. 82
Zen Buddhist Ethicsp. 87
Backgroundp. 90
A Way of the Monk: Practice IS Attainmentp. 98
A Way of the Warriorp. 106
A Way of Tea: The Virtue of Presencep. 114
Review Questionsp. 123
Notesp. 124
Taoist Ethicsp. 129
Backgroundp. 131
Cultivating the Taop. 137
The Art of Yielding: Wu-weip. 145
Spontaneity as Awarenessp. 153
Fasting of the Mindp. 156
Review Questionsp. 162
Notesp. 162
Confucian Ethicsp. 167
Backgroundp. 168
Lessons from the Anafectsp. 175
Human Nature: Is It Essentially Good or Corrupt?p. 183
Seeking the Right Balance in Neo-Confucianismp. 191
A Return to Ako: Japanese Neo-Confucianismp. 197
Capitalism and Human Rightsp. 199
Review Questionsp. 204
Notesp. 204
Biblographyp. 209
Indexp. 215
About the Authorp. 231
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