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Moral judgment; Buddhist ethics; Intention; Knowledge; Principles; Theravada Buddhism
After briefly reviewing the role of ethics on the path in Theravāda texts, the article moves on to discuss the various criteria for distinguishing between wholesome and unwholesome actions. It then explores the gradation of unwholesomeness of actions according to several variables, and then applies this to wholesome actions, here highlighting the importance of right view. Finally, the question of the relation between precept-taking and the moral worth of actions is assessed.
ABSTRACT 140 THE PLACE OF ETHICS IN THE PATH 141 CRITERIA OF GOOD AND BAD 141 INTENTION, KNOWLEDGE AND DEGREES OF UNWHOLESOMENESS IN ACTIONS 143 CONCLUSIONS 149 NOTES 150