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date: 11 December 2018

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Ethics in Zen feature core components of broader Buddhist ethics: precepts, monastic codes, compassion, skill in means, and the bodhisattva ideal. Zen approaches to practice and awakening as well as such influences as Confucianism have coloured how Zen thinkers in East Asia have interpreted and practised these components. As a result, such constructs as the Five Precepts play a role in traditional Zen that differs from how they have functioned in other strands of Buddhism. Recently, in response to war, gender discrimination, and environmental degradation, Zen thinkers have been reinterpreting such constructs, often in ways that diverge from traditional Zen.

Keywords: Dōgen, Eisai, Sōtō, Rinzai, precepts, compassion, karma, war, women, environment

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