Journal of Buddhist Ethics Bile & Bodhisattvas: Śāntideva on Justified Anger Bile & Bodhisattvas: Śāntideva on Justified Anger

Nicolas Bommarito, Nicolas Bommarito
2011 unpublished
2 In his famous text the Bodhicaryāvatāra, the 8 th century Buddhist philosopher Śāntideva argues that anger towards people who harm us is never justified. The usual reading of this argument rests on drawing similarities between harms caused by persons and those caused by non-persons. After laying out my own interpretation of Śān-tideva's reasoning, I offer some objections to Śāntideva's claim about the similarity between animate and inanimate causes of harm inspired by contemporary
more » ... mporary philosophical literature in the West. Following this, I argue that by reading Śāntideva's argument as practical advice rather than as a philosophical claim about rational coherence, his argument can still have important insights even for those who reject his philosophical reasoning.