Meditation as Ethical Activity
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1995
Source ID: shanti-sources-22445
Zotero Collections: Literature Specific to Tibetan Buddhism, Contemplation by Tradition, Literature of Buddhist Contemplation, Interreligious Contemplation, Stages of the Path (lamrim), Buddhist Contemplation
Abstract: Despite the fact that the various Tibetan Buddhist traditions developed substantive ethical systems on the personal, interpersonal and social levels, they did not develop systematic theoretical reflections on the nature and scope of ethics. Precisely because very little attention is devoted to the nature of ethical concepts, problems are created for modern scholars who are thus hindered in making comparisons between Buddhist and Western ethics. This paper thus examines the continuity between meditation and daily life in the context of understanding the ethical character of meditation as practiced by Tibetan Buddhists. The discussion is largely limited to the practice of meditation as taught in the lam rim (or Gradual Stages of the Path).