The Five Moralities: A Survey of the Paṭisambhidāmagga and Pāḷi Commentaries

I am delighted to share the final version of “The Five Moralities: A Survey of the Paṭisambhidāmagga and Pāḷi Commentaries,” which I could recently finish. (academia) (archive)

As part of the research on a forthcoming book on sīla (“morality”), I gathered and now present here – more or less exhaustively – a listing of the five types of morality (pañca sīlāni) that are found in Ven. Sāriputta’s Paṭisambhidāmagga, briefly explained already by this early canonical text itself and treated in more detail by the commentarial tradition. The relevant texts about the five types of morality contain valuable theoretical concepts and practical pointers for initiating and establishing the ethical bedrock on which all further development of the Buddhist path to awakening rests; however, this has not been showcased and systematically explained in any English-medium publication that I am aware of. The present research paper, therefore, aims to redress this state of affairs.

Recently finished also a short video that is based upon and simplifies the paper:


Thanks and congratulations!

Small suggestion… perhaps you could identify what those links are actually to. Or better yet, not use link shorteners so people can just see where they are going.

Looking forward to your upcoming book.


Thank you; you’re right; I changed it according to your suggestion. :+1:t2:

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