This important text analyzes the moral theory of the seventh
century Indian Mahayana master, Santideva, author of the well-known
religious poem, the "Bodhicaryavatara" (Entering the Path of
Enlightenment) as well as the significant, but relatively
overlooked, "Siksasamuccaya" (Compendium of Teachings). With
particular focus on the "Siksasamuccaya," this book uses original
translations and critical analysis in order to answer the question:
how would Santideva's ethics be understood in terms of Western
moral theory? Santideva's ethical presuppositions and moral
reasoning are illuminated by analysing his key moral terms and
comparing them to other Buddhist principles. By focusing on a
neglected Buddhist Sanskrit text by a major Mahayana figure, Barbra
R. Clayton helps to redress a significant imbalance in the
scholarship on Buddhist ethics, which has - up to now - focused
primarily on the ethics of the Pali literature as interpreted in
the Theravada tradition.
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