Destroying Mara Forever: Buddhist ethics essays in honor of Damien Keown
A thought-provoking collection of essays on Buddhist ethics by some of the leading thinkers in the field. The reader is provided with engaging explorations of central issues in Buddhist ethics, insightful analyses of the ways Buddhist ethical principles are being applied today in both Asian and Western countries, and groundbreaking proposals about how Buddhist perspectives might inform debates on some of the core ethical issues of the modern world, including consumerism, globalization, environmental problems, war, ethnic conflict, and inter-religious tensions.
The leading figure in identifying the field of Buddhist ethics and articulating some of its core issues is Professor Damien Keown of the University of London. This book brings together a group of eminent scholars who have all been influenced by Keown's work, and who are also friends and close colleagues. The result is a wonderful volume for those who are struggling with practical issues of ethical concern. This will be a valuable resource in the study of ethics for years to come.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
John Powers has published twelve books, including the recently revised Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and specializes in Indian and Tibetan intellectual history. He is currently Professor in the Faculty of Asian Studies at Australian National University.
Charles S. Prebish is Professor Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University, where he taught for thirty-five years, and holds the Charles Redd Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at Utah State University. He is the author or editor of twenty books and is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and the Journal of Global Buddhism.
Bibliography of Damien Keown xxi
Textual Studies and Th eir Ethical Applications
Barbra R. Clayton: Santideva, Virtue, and Consequentialism 15
L. S. Cousins: Scholar Monks and Meditator Monks Revisited 31
Peter Harvey: Buddhist Perspectives on Crime and Punishment 47
John Powers: You’re Only as Good as You Look: Indian Buddhist Associations of Virtue and Physical Appearance 67
Charles S. Prebish: Mahayana Ethics and American Buddhism: Subtle Solutions or Creative Perversions? 95
Paul Williams: Is Buddhist Ethics Virtue Ethics? Toward a Dialogue with Santideva and a Footnote to Keown 113
Ethics and Social Engagement
George D. Bond: Buddhism, War and Peace in Sri Lanka 141
Peter D. Hershock: Ethics in an Era of Refl exive Modernization: A Buddhist Response 151
Christopher Ives: In Search of a Green Dharma: Philosophical Issues in Buddhist Environmental Ethics 165
Sallie B. King: Elements of Engaged Buddhist Ethical Th eory 187
Ethics in Global Context
Daniel Cozort: Suff ering Made Suff erable:
Santideva, Dzongkaba, and Modern Th erapeutic Approaches to Suff ering’s Silver Lining 207
Ian Harris: Something Rotten in the State of Buddhaland: Good Governance in Th eravada Buddhism 221
Charles B. Jones: Foundations of Ethics and Practice in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism 237
Donald K. Swearer: Thai Buddhism in the Twenty-First Century: Contesting Views 261