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Consequences of CompassionAn Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics$
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Charles Goodman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375190.001.0001

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Fundamental Buddhist Teachings

Fundamental Buddhist Teachings

(p.9) 1 Fundamental Buddhist Teachings
Consequences of Compassion

Charles Goodman (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter presents the basic descriptive teachings of the three main forms of the Buddhist religion and sketches some of the differences between them. It explains how reincarnation is possible even though there is no self. There is a brief discussion of the nature of Nirvana. The role of the three main afflictions in human psychology is explored. The chapter analyzes karma and its relation to ethics, showing that in the Mahāyāna, it is not always true that you should do the action that would be most karmically beneficial to you.

Keywords:   reincarnation, self, Nirvana, afflictions, karma

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