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Moonpaths: Ethics and Emptiness

The Cowherds


This book examines ethics, which in Buddhism is intimately connected with the metaphysics of non-self and impermanence. According to Buddhism, the misconception of the self as substantial, unchanging, and eternal lies at the root of the psychological patterns that lead to immoral behavior. In order to develop ethical virtues to the extraordinary degree that Buddhism claims is possible, the practitioner must recognize the absence of any real self and the impermanence of the various changing factors that make up the empirical personality. The destruction of self-centered desires, then, necessari ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, metaphysics of non-self, impermanence, immoral behavior, Buddhist ethical view, ethical theory, Madhyamaka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190260507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

The Cowherds, author