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date: 15 August 2020

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This chapter presents an overview and discussion of the primary Buddhist virtues within the context of the Buddhist path of moral and spiritual development. Buddhist ethics counsels practitioners to overcome the three poisons of greed, hatred, and ignorance and to cultivate those states and traits of mind (and the actions they motivate) that conduce to the genuine happiness and spiritual freedom of oneself and others. The chapter discusses the four immeasurable states of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. It then discusses the six perfections of generosity, moral discipline, forbearance, vigor, meditation, and wisdom. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the prospects of a Buddhist virtue ethics.

Keywords: Buddhist ethics, virtue, Buddhism, moral, loving-kindness, virtue ethics

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