2. Right Acting: What I Do

The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide - Geoffrey Hunt

Geoffrey Hunt [+-]
University of Surrey
Geoffrey Hunt is Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Surrey, UK. He is now Visiting Professor in Buddhist Ethics at the same university where, before retirement, he was Full Professor in Philosophy of Care, and taught and researched mainly in the field of healthcare and bioethics. From 2008 to 2014 he worked on ethical aspects of nanotechnology for scientific projects of the European Commission. In 2002 he founded, and continues to lead, the lay movement New Buddha Way www.newbuddhaway.org in Surrey, UK.

He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.

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The Buddha was a cultural revolutionary: he taught that moral worth rests in one’s intentions and their actual consequences. My every intentional action on something or someone is intrinsically and at once an action on myself. If ‘karma’ has any meaning at all then it is that and only that. There is a vivid saying in the Dhamma teachings that getting angry with a person is like picking up a burning coal with one’s bare hand to throw at that person. When I am directing anger towards you I am suffering anger. This chapter also discusses basic non-dogmatic guidance on refraining from killing and physical harm, from stealing and taking what is not given, from sexual misconduct, from lying and deceiving, and from intoxicants and drug abuse.

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Hunt, Geoffrey. 2. Right Acting: What I Do. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39388. Date accessed: 19 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39388. Jul 2020

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