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 Author
John Powers is professor of Asian Studies at Australian National University. He is the author of 16 books and more than 50 academic articles.
Charles S. Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University and author and editor of numerous works, including "Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America "(California, 1999), "A Survey of Vinaya Literature "(1994), and "American Buddhism "(1979). He is coeditor of "The Faces of Buddhism in America "(California, 1998) and the electronic "Journal of Buddhist Ethics. "Martin Baumann is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, and research fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at Hannover University, Germany. He is the author of "Diaspora: Hindus and Trinidad "(2002), "Migration, Religion, Integration "(2000), and "Deutsche Buddhisten: Geschichte and Gemeinschaften" (1993). He is also coeditor of "Religions fo the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices" (2002). Prebish and Buamann are coeditors of the electronic "Journal of Global Buddhism" (http: //www.globalbuddhism.org).
"Readers will welcome this collection of insightful essays on the ways in which Buddhist perspectives inform some of the ethical issues facing the modern world. . . . An engrossing and very topical read."—Mandala Magazine, Editor's Choice
"I found myself personally engaged with the questions raised by these great scholars, and I am grateful to have had such rich food for thought. . . . Careful and critical examination of the multiple sides of an issue is consistent throughout this collection. . . . The essays collected in Destroying Mara Forever do not shy away from questioning the relevance of foundational doctrine to answer today's greatest ethical dilemmas and do so in pointed and respectful debate that leads one to continue that questioning and apply it to other issues."—Feminist Review