?Fu (Temple University) and Wawrytko (San Diego State University) have assembled a useful collection of conference papers from the Chung-Hwa Conference (Taipei, 1990). After a prologue, "Buddhist Tradition and Modernity," the volume divides neatly into three sections. Part 1, "The Past: Traditional Roots," explores Buddhist ethics in Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan traditions. There is no paper on the earliest form of Buddhism, Pali Buddhism, which is included in Part 2, "The Present: Current Issues." In this, the largest section, Sri Lankan perspectives are especially well represented. Part 3 "The Future: Buddhist Ethics in a Pluralistic World," concludes the volume. In general the selection of personnel and topics presented is appropriate. The development of Buddhist ethical ideas in the several countries represented eludes easy encapsulation, but the work testifies to the cultural resilience of Buddhist ethics worldwide. In this book, with so many diverse perspectives represented, there is bound to be something of special interest to anyone studying Buddhism. Since there has not been a great deal published on Buddhist ethics, the present volume is a welcome addition to a limited literature. The production standard is good, and there are very few editorial oversights. Recomended for both undergraduate and graduate libraries.?-Choice
This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the status of the Buddhist tradition in a global context. Experts from several Asian and Western nations address a number of ethical problems from the Buddhist perspective--including medical and environmental ethics, feminism, the social impacts of materialism, and ethnic minorities.