Buddhist Ethics - Table of Contents



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Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Secpond Edition
Introduction by Charles Hallisey    

1. Definitions and Historical Background

Scope of the Study of Ethics           
Indian Thought in the Sixth Century B.C.E.          

2. Origin and Source of Knowledge of the Highest State

The Enlightenment of the Buddha
Life of Gotama Buddha        
The Chain of Dependent Origination or Paṭiccasamuppāda        
The Self and the Anatta Doctrine   
The Three Characteristics of Existence     
The Mahākaruṇā of the Buddha     

3. The Significance of the Refuges

The Threefold Refuge         
The First Refuge: The Buddha       
The Second Refuge: The Dhamma 
The Third Refuge: The Saṅgha

4. Sanctions of Moral Conduct: The Precepts

The Five Precepts (Pañca Sīla)       
The Eight Precepts (Aṭṭha Sīla)      
The Ten Precepts (Dasa Sīla)         

5. The Underlying Ideals of the Moralities

Relating the Precepts to the Refuges         
Position of the Laity in Early Buddhism    
The Buddha’s Approach to Teaching the Moralities
Advice to the Individual Layman   

6. The Layman’s Duties to His Associates

Children and Parents
Husband and Wife   
Teacher and Pupil   
Servants and Workpeople  
Duties Connected with Means of Livelihood         

7. The Layman’s Relation to the State

8. The Ultimate Goal

Statements of the Aim         
Nirvāṇa, Nibbāna
Freeing of Mind, Freeing of Insight
Origin of Attainment