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date: 18 January 2021

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This chapter has two major goals. The first is to introduce some of the major sets of bodhisattva precepts and to discuss their significance in both India and East Asia while paying attention to some of the areas that our current state of knowledge does not allow us to understand. Besides the contents of the precepts, bodhisattva ordinations and the expiation of wrongdoing are considered. The second part of the chapter, with particular emphasis on the Tendai school of Japan, focuses on how the bodhisattva precepts led to a more nuanced understanding of Buddhist ethics by focusing on such issues as killing and compassion.

Keywords: Annen, expiation, Indra’s Net, killing, ordinations, Prince Shōtoku, self-ordinations, Ten good precepts, Three collections of pure precepts, Vinaya

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