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Explain the core elements of Buddhist ethics.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators

6. Explain the core elements of Buddhist ethics. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate


Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.


Explain – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:


In the introduction, given brief of major aspects of Buddhist ethics.


Explain the detail that Buddhism proposes a way of thinking about ethics based on the assumption that all sentient beings want to avoid pain. Thus, the Buddha teaches that an action is good if it leads to freedom from suffering.

Next, Mention the Do No Harm principle, Compassion, Justice and Accountability etc which the Buddhist philosophy emphasises.

Mention its application in daily life,


Conclude by mentioning Buddhist moral claims of compassion and equality can contribute to the thinking of modern educational issues, such as peace education, ecological education