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Book: Teaching Awareness in the Buddhist Tradition

Chapter: 8. Evil According to Buddhism

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44237


This paper is an inquiry into the ontology of evil in early Buddhist texts. It is shown that according to ancient Buddhist texts, the sphere of action of evil is limited to the conditioned (and not the absolute or unconditioned) reality. The most relevan canonical passages dealing with Māra, the personification of evil, and with the ways of getting rid of it are examined and commented on.

Chapter Contributors

  • Francesco Sferra ( - fsferra) 'Univeristà degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale'