Topic– Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators
8)Discuss the ethical principles of Buddhism as articulated by Gautam Buddha.(250 words)
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the ethical principles of Buddhism.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the Buddhism and Gautam Buddha.
Discuss in detail about the ethical principles of Buddhism. E.g
- Discuss the Five Precepts (or virtues) and three of the eight points on the Noble Eightfold path to enlightenment- abstinence from: (1) harming living beings, (2) taking things not freely given, (3) sexual misconduct, (4) false speech, and (5) intoxicating drinks and drugs causing heedlessness. Discuss the middle 3 virtues of the noble eight fold path.
- Mention that these imperatives are not to be construed as commandments as in the Judeo-Christian tradition, but more as guidelines for attaining enlightenment. Enlightenment, or Nirvana in Sanskrit, is a state of mind or being in which one simultaneously realizes one’s true identity (which is infinite and eternal), the illusory nature of the world, and perfect bliss and equanimity.
Conclusion- based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.