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Virtuous Bodies: The Physical Dimensions of Morality in Buddhist Ethics

Susanne Mrozik

Abstract

This book investigates the diverse roles bodies play in Buddhist ethical development. Traditionally, Buddhists assumed a close connection between body and morality. Thus, Buddhist literature contains descriptions of living beings that stink with sin, are disfigured by vices, or are perfumed and adorned with virtues. Taking an influential early medieval Indian Mahayana Buddhist text — nullantideva's Compendium of Training (nulliknullasamuccaya) — as a case study, this book demonstrates that Buddhists regarded ethical development as a process of physical and moral transformation. This book choos ... More

Keywords: Buddhist ethics, body, morality, Compendium of Training, transformation, bodhisattvas, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305005.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanne Mrozik, author
Mount Holyoke College
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