By Barbra Clayton
This significant text analyzes the ethical concept of the 7th century Indian Mahayana grasp, Santideva, writer of the well known non secular poem, the Bodhicaryavatara (Entering the trail of Enlightenment) in addition to the numerous, yet rather neglected, Siksasamuccaya (Compendium of Teachings). With specific specialise in the Siksasamuccaya, this publication makes use of unique translations and important research which will solution the query: How may Santideva’s ethics be understood by way of Western ethical thought? Santideva’s moral presuppositions and ethical reasoning are illuminated by way of studying his key ethical phrases and evaluating them to different Buddhist ideas. by way of targeting a overlooked Buddhist Sanskrit textual content through a huge Mahayana determine, Barbra R. Clayton is helping to redress an important imbalance within the scholarship on Buddhist ethics, which has - during the past - concentrated totally on the ethics of the Pali literature as interpreted within the Theravada culture.