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Socially Engaged Buddhism$
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Sallie B. King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833350

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833350.001.0001

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Philosophy and Ethics

Philosophy and Ethics

(p.13) Chapter 2 Philosophy and Ethics
Socially Engaged Buddhism

Sallie B. King

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the Buddhist teachings that have shaped Engaged Buddhism such as: Karma and The Four Noble Truths. Karma is part of the foundational Buddhist teaching of causality or conditionality, expressed in Buddhist thought as dependent origination. According to this teaching, all things come into being as a result of other things—that is, all things are interdependent. Meanwhile, The Four Noble Truths are the basic framework of the Buddha's spiritual teachings, which point the way to liberation by way of the radical transformation of the manner of human being, the way in which humans “are.” The remainder of this chapter discusses other Buddhist philosophy and ethics that serves as the foundation of the Engaged Buddhism.

Keywords:   Buddhist teachings, Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist ethics, Karma, The Four Noble Truths

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