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    Ethical Implications of Upāya-Kauśalya: Helping Without Imposing
    Journal of Buddhist Ethics 22 (2015): 371-399. 2015.
    Upāya-kauśalya has been examined as a hermeneutical device, a Mahāyānic innovation, and a philosophy of practice. Although the paternalism of upāya-kauśalya employed in the Lotus Sūtra has been analyzed, there is little attention paid to bringing these ethical implications into a practical context. There is a tension between the motivation, even obligation, to help, and the potential dangers of projecting or imposing one’s conception of what is best for others or how best to help. I examine this…Read more
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    Implicit and Explicit Ethics in Mindfulness-Based Programs in a Broader Context
    In Steven Stanley, Ronald E. Purser & Nirbhay Singh (eds.), Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness, . pp. 305-321. 2018.
    As the popularity of mindfulness-based programs grows, so has the number of critical voices concerning these programs. Here, I will focus on one line of criticism: the call for explicit ethics in mindfulness-based programs. Firstly, the rationales for explicit ethics are diverse, as are the programs themselves. This call for explicit ethics to be taught in mindfulness-based programs only applies to those that claim they are without them, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mind…Read more