NOBILITY AND CIVILITY
Harvard University Press, 2004 - 272 pages
Globalization has become an inescapable fact of contemporary life. Some leaders, in both the East and the West, believe that human rights are culture-bound and that liberal democracy is essentially Western, inapplicable to the non-Western world. How can civilized life be preserved and issues of human rights and civil society be addressed if the material forces dominating world affairs are allowed to run blindly, uncontrolled by any cross-cultural consensus on how human values can be given effective expression and direction?
In a thoughtful meditation ranging widely over several civilizations and historical eras, Wm. Theodore de Bary argues that the concepts of leadership and public morality in the major Asian traditions offer a valuable perspective on humanizing the globalization process. Turning to the classic ideals of the Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian, and Japanese traditions, he investigates the nature of true leadership and its relation to learning, virtue, and education in human governance; the role in society of the public intellectual; and the responsibilities of those in power in creating and maintaining civil society.
De Bary recognizes that throughout history ideals have always come up against messy human complications. Still, he finds in the exploration and affirmation of common values a worthy attempt to grapple with persistent human dilemmas across the globe.
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The Sutra's discussion of "Entering the Gate of Non-duality" gives the
explanations of this by different bodhisatt- vas, including the bodhisattva Jewel
Crowned King, who says: The correct way and the erroneous way constitute a
He was a strong proponent of the monks' preparing themselves for broad service
to human society in fulfillment of the vow of the bodhisattva to help all sentient
beings to salvation. Minimizing the traditional Buddhist discipline of the vinaya, ...
In this case, however, Fan's idea of the Confucian career or vocation contrasts
with the bodhisattva ideal in giving priority to action in response to human needs,
rather than in first seeking enlightenment and then returning to share it with other
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