1st Edition

The Ethics of Buddhism

By Shundo Tachibana Copyright 1995

    A popular, if erroneous, conception of Buddhism has been that of self-negation or even nihilism, that is to say a religion that is negative in its basic attitude. In this classic work, Professor Tachibana instead argues that Buddhism is an essentially positive creed that provides an ethical philosophy that remains relevant irrespective of time and place. This is the 'Middle Way', with eight qualities or virtues - understanding, thought, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration - that form the core of the Buddhist philosophy of life. It is these great moral attributes that Professor Tachibana expounds as being the essence of Buddhism and providing a way of life based on tolerance and benevolence.

    Preface List of Abbreviations Part I. 1. Introduction 2. Short Account of the Buddha's Life 3. Outlines of Indian Thought previous to the Rise of Buddhism 4. Classification of Buddhist Morality 5. Characteristics of Buddhist Morality Part II. 6. Self-restraint 7. Abstinence, Temperance 8. Contentment 9. Patience 10. Celibacy, Chastity 11. Purity, Purification 12. Humility 13. Benevolence 14. Liberality 15. Reverence 16. Gratitude 17. Toleration 18. Veracity 19. Righteousness 20. Conclusion


    Shundo Tachibana