Write a short note on Buddhist Ethics?

Prince Siddharth of Shakya Kingdom, moved by the miseries of life renounced the world early in life, to seek a remedy for miseries. After a long rigorous practice of austerities Prince Siddhartha became the Enlightened i.e Buddha. He discovered the path that led him beyond sufferings. His aim was to lead others towards freedom from pain and sorrow.

Lord Buddha ignored and avoided the discussion of metaphysical problems like the eternality of the universe, the immortality of the soul, relation between body and mind etc. For Buddha these questions were intellectually uncertain and ethically unprofitable. He taught only what is necessary for overcoming evil.

Lord Buddha believed that immediate need is to recognize evil and to adopt the ways of removing it. He was deeply interested in the attainment of freedom from pain and sorrow. Whether the world is eternal or not eternal, there still remain the miseries like birth, old age, death etc. Liberation (Nirvana) alone can put an end to all sufferings.

It is essential to pull out the poisonous arrow immediately from the body than to speculate about the origin, the maker and the thrower of the poisonous arrow. The most urgent problem is to end the miseries of an individual.

The Buddhist Ethics is compassionate and humanistic. Buddha’s gospel is the gospel of love. Buddha asked for the cultivation of true love for all creation. He always tried to enlighten people on the question of sorrow, its origin, it’s cessation and the path leading to it’s cessation.

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