It has three main aspects.
Amod, thank you for a most generous response! I, too, am anti-political, in some sense. I hope to write about this at some point! It had not occurred to me that this had anything to do with Buddhism. Having thought about it for a few hours, I suspect that it does!
I try to write generously when I can! I am also working on a response to your tantra postto come after that.
Some of your recent posts eloquently express the value and attraction of Sutrayana as opposed to Yavanayana! It is not surprising that you are less sympathetic to Tantrayana, since it contradicts Sutrayana as well as Yavanayana in many ways. I admit I am no academic so it is possible that I may have misunderstood some of the argument or the context in which it is made.
I am a practitioner of buddhism and would disagree that here is no such thing as Buddhist ethics. Please feel free to comment on my response, I would enjoy the discussion and I would not get offended. I rarely have an opportunity to discuss my faith it has been so very long since I have been near a sangha.
The modern or perhaps more accurately North American practice of Buddhism has changed Buddhism significantly. It is a question I wonder about a great deal.
The practice is very different. For example I lived in a Korean temple in Toronto and the Koreans who started their faith practice in Korea that attended the temple would never meditate they would offer gifts to the buddha and do prostrations leaving the meditation for the monks and priests.
However the Canadian those who started practice in Canada meditation was very central to our practice and we minimized any devotional practice.
A more disconcerting trend is ignoring the spirituality religious side of Buddhism is being significantly minimized and ignored. As western Buddhists we asa group are picking and choosing the teachings that most fit into our rationalist individualistic culture.
My personal concern is that discarding religious purposes for lets stay meditation or mindfulness to avoid samsara for more practical purposes may decrease stress, help you prefer perform better at your job, better relationship with your partner is not only antithetical to the renunciation of the original buddhism but is a very, thin, weak interpretation of the purposes of this very religious practice.
This I believe is hubris.
It is not that we Westerns have a more pure form of Buddhism but we are uncomfortable thinking outside our normal social constructs and that what Buddhism would demand of us.
Needless to say that Modern Buddhists have issues that need to be worked through especially translating Buddhism in the west in its nascent stage.
Although this is less a modernist buddhist problem than a Buddhist problem. Each time Buddhism has been transplanted it has changed. The Mahayana school is very different than the Theravada schools.
This is however, Buddhism is being transposed onto a modernist, individualistic, rationalist society and that without a doubt is having challenges. Granting the following issues I think that Chapman misses the point regarding Buddhist ethics. I would argue that it is not specific rules that make an ethic Buddhist or not but the worldview that explains why those rules are important.Nov 11, · Free Essays on Ethics Buddhism Change Over Time.
Use our research documents to help you learn 76 - 24 Replies to “Everything Changes. Buddhism, too.” Left me with much to mull over. Not a Buddhist myself, but I’m drawn to the religion for a number of the reasons you’ve described. With the exception that theism is not a deterrent for me.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics; SuttaCentral; The Center for Buddhist Studies, Columbia. Nov 24, · Buddhism is a tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development. Buddhists strive for a deep insight into the true nature of life and do not worship gods or deities. Historical phases of early buddhist philosophy in India.
Edward Conze splits the development of Indian Buddhist philosophy into three phases. The first phase concerns questions of the original doctrines derived from oral traditions that originated during the life of the Buddha, and are common to all later sects of Buddhism.
“Ethics” in a particular belief system, is a moral philosophy or set of moral principles and rules of conduct that a group of people believe in and live by.
In the Buddhist religion, the fundamental Buddhist teaching is the doctrine of conditionality. The foundation of Buddhist ethics for laypeople is The Five Precepts which are common to all Buddhist schools. The precepts or "five moral virtues" (pañca-silani) are not commands but a set of voluntary commitments or guidelines to help one live a life in which one is happy, without worries, and able to meditate well.