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Virtuous BodiesThe Physical Dimensions of Morality in Buddhist Ethics$
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Susanne Mrozik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305005.001.0001

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 Ripening Living Beings

 Ripening Living Beings

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Virtuous Bodies

Susanne Mrozik (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter investigates how bodhisattvas use their bodies to transform other living beings in physical and moral ways. In doing so, it looks at a common Buddhist metaphor used to describe the impact bodhisattvas have on living beings. Bodhisattvas are said to “ripen” (paripac-) living beings. In Buddhist literature, “ripening” is a metaphor for ethical and spiritual maturation. Although bodhisattvas can ripen living beings in a variety of ways, the Compendium of Training is especially interested in how they do so with their bodies. It teaches bodhisattvas how to cultivate, in present and future lifetimes, bodies that are capable of transforming living beings in physical and moral ways.

Keywords:   Compendium of Training, bodhisattvas, ripen, living beings

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