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Vedanā, Ethics and Character: A Prolegomena
Author Peacock, John
Source Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Volumev.19 n.1 Series Four
Pages160 - 184
Publisher Url
LocationAbingdon, UK [阿賓登, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteAuthor affiliation: Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Kellogg College, University of Oxford , Oxford, UK
AbstractI this paper I am concerned with how our ethical worlds are built on circular reactive patterns fuelled by vedanā. These are ‘circular,’ it will be claimed, in the sense of being what could be referred to as both ‘feedback loops’ and ‘self reinforcing,’ - with all the ambiguity implied by the latter phrase. These are behavioral patterns that are observable in physical action, speech and intentional attitudes. It is how these give rise to and form intentional and dispositional attitudes, what we refer to as ‘character’ and how that character is formed through unexamined reactivity, that is of interest to us in relation to vedanā as the fundamental motivating dynamic behind this process. Nevertheless, the idea that the freedom that the Buddha directs us to is a freedom from enthrallment to reactive patterns based on vedanā and the development of a ‘skills’ base that allows for the development of character in a more positive and potentially more ethical direction. It is to the significance of ethics as the foremost and central task that the Buddha’s analysis and understanding of vedanā, it will be claimed, is directed.
ISSN14639947 (P); 14767953 (E)
Created date2021.02.28

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