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The Middle Way in the Buddha’s Ministry

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1. Title Title of document The Middle Way in the Buddha’s Ministry - The Buddha’s Middle Way
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Robert Ellis; Middle Way Society;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddha; Middle Way; Palace and the Forest; Buddhism; Buddhist tradition
6. Description Abstract This section continues the pragmatic interpretation of stories of the Buddha’s life, focusing on selected aspects of his later approach that illustrate the application of the Middle Way. The Buddha’s decision to teach in his own right reflects the provisionality and incrementality of his Middle Way, avoiding any absolutisation in response to the huge difficulties in communicating it. His first address to others begins with the Middle Way, and it is argued that the Middle Way is needed to interpret the Four Noble Truths in the remainder. The Buddha’s mode of teaching through his career was consistent with his recognition of the autonomy of the individual, each of whom needed to find the Middle Way in their own experience rather than by merely accepting an abstraction. The Buddha’s response to political conflicts suggests a simple extension of the integrative practice he offers to individuals, and a recognition of a variety of ideological values without absolutisation of any of them. As he approaches death, the Buddha manages to strike a balance both in his response to imminent death, and in the degree of responsibility he tries to take for his legacy.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 13-May-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.36783
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Buddha’s Middle Way
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd