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Discuss the relevance of Buddha’s ethical teachings in contemporary world.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

6.Discuss the relevance of Buddha’s ethical teachings in contemporary world. (250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is based on the premise of the teachings of Buddha.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in detail the relevance of Buddha’s ethical teachings in contemporary world.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Tradition has it that the Buddha gave 84,000 teachings during his 80 year life (he died around 410 BCE).  Although perhaps not literally true, this very large number illustrates the idea that the Buddha’s teachings are so extensive that people in all kinds of different situations can find within them something that meets their particular need.

Body:

Start by explaining the teachings of Buddha in detail such as the eight fold path. Buddha’s teachings emphasize on learning based on one’s observations and perception and believe that knowledge is not possible without experience. Elaborate on their relevance in the contemporary world. The Buddhist teachings inculcate compassion, calmness & composure, joy among humans and they can help maintain a sustainable balance between man and nature.

Conclusion:

The Buddha’s 84,000 teachings have shown a remarkable ability to adapt and to resonate with people at different times and in contrasting cultures.