By Gregory Benford
A gripping, masterfully written event set opposed to the violent fantastic thing about a planet within the throes of cataclymic transformation, Against Infinity is Gregory Benford's undying portrait of a tender man's comming of age.
On the toxic, icy floor of Ganymede, a guy and a boy are on a perilous hunt.Their prey is the Aleph--an unknowable alien artifact that roamed and governed Ganymede for numerous millennia. Indescribable, infinitely harmful, the Aleph haunts men's desires and destroys all efforts to terraform Ganymede right into a liveable planet. Now in a latest global historic fight is joined, as a boy seeks manhood, a guy seeks enlightenment, and a society seeks the facility to rule the universe.
at the toxic, icy floor of Ganymede, a guy and a boy are on a hunt for the Aleph--an alien artifact that governed Ganymede for numerous millenia, Infinitely risky, the Aleph haunts men's goals and destroys all efforts to terraform Ganymede into an liveable planet. Now an historic fight is joined, as a boy seeks manhood, a guy seeks enlightenment, and a society seeks the facility to rule the universe.
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2) 'To take what is not given' means the appropriation of what is not given. It refers to the removing of someone else's property, to the stealing of it, to theft. 'What is not given' means that which belongs to someone else. 'Taking what is not given' is then the will to steal anything that one perceives as belonging to someone else, and to act so as to appropriate it. Its blameworthiness depends partly on the value of the property stolen, partly on the worth of its owner. Five factors are involved: someone else's belongings, the awareness that they are someone else's, the thought of theft, the action of carrying it out, the taking away as a result of it.
M. Hare's translation from his Woven Cadences of Early Buddhists (1944). This is one of the finest pieces of Buddhist translation in English, and I cannot hope to improve on it. (4) Behind the respect for the moral rules lies the awareness of the inexorable law of Karma, which rewards good deeds and punishes evildoing. Enlightened self-interest should therefore prompt us to lead good lives. I have illustrated this side of the Buddhist respect for morality by two chapters, comprising thirty-nine verses, from the Dharmapada, one of the most revered collections of sacred verses.
Part Two - Doctrines 1 - Morality The spiritual training of a Buddhist is divided into three parts, known respectively as morality, meditation, and wisdom. A morally blameless or virtuous life is the basis of all other achievements. D. 400. (2) The monks, in their turn, were subject to some 250 rules of monastic restraint, known as the Pratimoksha rules, of which we possess about a dozen different recensions. My selection is taken from the Book of Discipline of the Sarvastivadins, who were the most influential and widespread of the Indian schools.
Against Infinity by Gregory Benford