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Virtue

Not to do any evil,
To cultivate good,
To purify one's mind,
This is the teaching of the Buddhas.

The Eightfold Path taught by the Buddha does not belong to any sect or school. If we were to single out one truth as the key to the Buddha's teachings it would be the Fourth Noble Truths — the truth of the way, the way to the end of Dukkha — the Noble Eightfold Path.

That path includes wisdom, concentration (meditation) and virtue (ethical action or moral discipline).

In the Eightfold Path virtue (sila) consists of right speech, right action and right livelihood. In this section we present teachings on virtue and morality from across the spectrum of Buddhist traditions, both old and modern.

Teachings on morality and virtue such as compassion, precepts, and metta are found throughout the DharmaNet Learning Center.

Virtue
Access to Insight
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.

Everyman's Ethics: Four Discourses of the Buddha
Adapted from the translations of Narada Thera

Buddhist Morality and Practice
Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda
Buddhist ethics are not arbitrary standards invented by man for his own utilitarian purpose. Nor are they arbitrarily imposed from without. Man-made laws and social customs do not form the basis of Buddhist ethics. Buddhist ethics finds its foundation not on the changing social customs but rather on the unchanging laws of nature. Buddhist ethical values are intrinsically a part of nature, and the unchanging law of cause and effect.

Buddhist Morality
Dr. C. George Boeree, Shippensburg University
The moral precepts, the ten perfections, the four immeasurables and other teachings.

Embracing Anger
Thich Nhat Hanh
In the Buddhist tradition, we have the practice of mindful breathing, of mindful walking, to generate the energy of mindfulness. It is exactly with that energy of mindfulness that we can recognize, embrace, and transform our anger.

The Ethical Precepts and Philosophical Tenets of Zen Buddhism

Sila - moral conduct
Sila or moral conduct is the principle of human behaviour that promotes orderly and peaceful existence in a community. It yields a very special benefit.

The Five Wonderful Mindfulness Training
Thich Nhat Hanh

The Bodhisattva Precepts in Soto Zen Buddhism
Rev. Shohaku Okumura
By receiving the precepts, we become Buddhists.

The Power of Goodness
Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

Morality(Sila)
Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
Buddhist ethics are not codified into a rigid moral code; nor are they about making judgements and arousing sin and guilt, though every willed action produces consequences. Rather, Buddhists try to be aware of any particular failing to live up to an ethical principle and resolve to do better next time.

Sometimes Full, Sometimes Half Full
Norman Fischer
All of our actions, however small, can have wondrous effects, but only if we are wholehearted enough in our practice of ethical conduct.

The Elimination of Anger
Ven. K. Piyatissa Thera
With two stories retold from the Buddhist texts

The Practice of the Four Immeasurables"Awakening a Kind Heart
Ven. Sangye Khadro
Everyone wants happiness and health, but not everyone realizes that loving-kindness is an essential ingredient for these. Why? Because loving-kindness frees us from self-centredness and self- importance which disturb our peace of mind. Self-centredness is the cause of such problems as hatred for enemies, envy for rivals and clinging-attachment to family and friends. These disturbing mental attitudes, if untreated, can even lead to physical ailments. Loving-kindness helps us to overcome these problems and paves the way for good relations with friend and foe alike.

Journal of Buddhist Ethics