Sila (virtue, moral conduct) is the cornerstone upon which the entire Noble Eightfold Path is built. The practice of sila is defined by the middle three factors of the Eightfold Path: Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood.
- Lay Morality
The Buddhist perspective of morality is given in a nutshell in the little Pali verse. "Sabba papassa akaranam - kusalassa upasampada sachitta pariyodapanam - etam buddhanu sasanam" "To keep away from all evil, cultivate good, and purify one's mind is the advice of all Buddhas."
- The Meaning of Sin and Evil
"Buddhism has a completely satisfying answer to evil and sin. The Buddhist approach would be to question your "desire" to be without sin or evil, to look at the question itself. Why would you limit your life? To trap you into an experience that western language finds difficult to say directly. To direct your search to the real truth. Here our normal "logical" English language just breaks down. What is this "illogical" experience that is not linear and deductive? The answer is "There is - in fact - a life that can be experienced outside of the level of thinking." I call that the essential teaching of Buddhism."
- Questions and Answers on Buddhist Moral Issues
Topics include: good and evil, marriage, divorce, birth control and abortion, suicide, war, military service, mercy killing, killing for self protection, stealing from the rich to feed the poor, extramarital sex, white lies, intoxicants.
- Dhammic Socialism
We are inevitably and inescapably social beings who must live together in a form of society that gives priority to the ways we inter-relate, work together, and help each other solve the problems and dukkha of life. Thus, the principle of right relationship or right inter-relatedness is the heart of such a society -- and this means Socialism, which may differ from the understanding of political scientists and Marxists.
- Economics in Buddhism
To live in this world, wealth is very essential. So everyone has to work for money as society depends on economics. But we should not regard wealth to be like a god. Trying to get wealth through right means is not wrong. Competition can be bad if it is directed by ulterior motives. But it is very helpful and effective concerning success and progress where the motive is good and correct. The man who has no selfish attachment to wealth is able to do a lot of things for society with wealth that was either accumulated by his own effort or inherited.