From doctrine to daily life - The evolution of skillful means in Buddhism
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From doctrine to daily life – The evolution of skillful means in Buddhism

In this talk scholar explores the concept of skillful means in , focusing on the second, third, and fourth phases.

In the second phase, skillful means permits deception driven by and .

Doug delves into the ethical dilemmas this can present, citing scripture examples, such as a breaking his to save lives.

The third phase emphasizes skillful living in all aspects of life.

Doug uses the example of , a layperson adept in navigating social situations while upholding Buddhist principles, demonstrating that skillful means apply beyond doctrinal to daily actions and decisions.

In the fourth phase, Doug examines the , which features a parable about a celibate youth who, out of compassion, breaks his to be with a woman.

This narrative highlights actions driven by compassion that deviate from strict monastic rules.

Doug concludes by acknowledging the ethical these examples raise about the boundaries of skillful means.

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