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Filial Piety in Early Buddhism
Author Guang, Xing
Source Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Pages82 - 106
PublisherDepartment of History &Religious Studies Program , The Pennsylvania State University
Publisher Url
LocationUniversity Park, PA, US
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keyword中國佛教=Chinese Buddhism; 印度佛教=Indian Buddhism; 佛教人物=Buddhist; 法師=Master; 初期佛教=早期佛教=根本佛教=原始佛教=Primitive Buddhism=Early Buddhism; 修行方法=修行法門=Practice
AbstractBuddhist scholars like Kenneth Ch'en thought that filial piety was a special feature of Chinese Buddhism. Later, John Strong employed "popular Buddhist stories" to show that filial piety was also important in Indian Buddhism, but he asserted that it was "a Buddhist compromise with the Brāhmanical ethics of filiality operating at the popular level." On the other hand, Gregory Schopen, who mainly used Indian Buddhist epigraphical material in his research, pointed out the same idea but he could not find definitive support from the early Buddhist textual sources. My investigation of the early Buddhist texts and analysis of the relevant passages clearly shows that filial piety is one of the important aspects of the early Buddhist ethical teachings. Filial piety was practiced by the early Indian Buddhists (1) as a way of requiting the debt to one's parents; (2) as a chief ethical good action; and (3) as Dharma, the social order. And on this basis it also shows that the early Indian Buddhists practiced filial piety not as a "compromise with the Brāhmanical ethics of filiality" but as an important teaching taught by the master.
Table of contentsFilial Piety as a Way of Requiting the Debt to One’s Parents 85
The duty of supporting one’s parents 88
Example of filial piety 89
Filial Piety as a Chief Ethical Good Action 90
Filial Piety as Dharma, the Social Order 92
Filial Piety in Mahayana Buddhism 94
Notes 97
Abbreviations 104
Bibliography 104
Primary with English and Chinese translations 104
Secondary 105

ISSN10769005 (E)
Created date2007.08.23
Modified date2017.07.11

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