Pańcasila and Catholic Moral Teaching: Moral Principles as Expression of Spiritual Experience in Theravada Buddhism and Christianity

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Gregorian Biblical BookShop, 2002 - Religion - 334 pages
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The Buddhism of Southeast Asia is Theravada Buddhism. In Myanmar almost 90% of the population are Theravada Buddhist and almost 5% are Christians, including 1% of Catholics. People are so culturally influenced by Theravada Buddhism that religious values have become social values. The purpose of this research is to promote inter-religious dialogue between Buddhist and Catholics. This study concentrates on Pancasila -the beginning of Buddhist ethics, especially meant for the laity- comparing it with the commandments and Christian virtues. The relationship between morality and spirituality is shown by a comparative study of some moral principles of the two traditions.
 

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Contents

Summary Review
195
THE FOURTH SILA AS AN EXPRESSION OF TRUTHFULNESS
203
The Eighth Commandment You Shall not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbour
221
Summary Review
237
THE FIFTH SILA AS AN EXPRESSION OF MINDFULLNESS OR AWARENESS
245
The Christian Virtue of Temperance or Selfcontrol
265
Summary Review
283
GENERAL CONCLUSION
293

THE FIRST SILA AS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVING KINDNESS
35
The Fifth Commandment You Shall not Kill
59
Summary Review
81
THE SECOND SILA AS AN EXPRESSION OF GENEROSITY AND RENUNCIATION
95
The Seventh Commandment You shall not Steal
117
Summary Review
143
THE THIRD SILA AS AN EXPRESSION OF CONTENTMENT AND SELFCONTROL
155
The Sixth Commandment You Shall not Commit Adultery
173
INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN THE LIGHT OF THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
296
SOME GUIDELINES FOR FULL AUTHENTIC DIALOGUE
300
OBSTACLES TO DIALOGUE
301
DIALOGUE AMID DIFFERENCES
303
GLOSSARY
309
BIBLIOGRAPHY
313
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