A Nirvana that Is Burning in Hell: Pain and Flourishing in Mahayana Buddhist Moral Thought

@article{Harris2018ANT,
  title={A Nirvana that Is Burning in Hell: Pain and Flourishing in Mahayana Buddhist Moral Thought},
  author={S. Harris},
  journal={Sophia},
  year={2018},
  volume={57},
  pages={337-347}
}
  • S. Harris
  • Published 2018
  • Philosophy
  • Sophia
  • This essay analyzes the provocative image of the bodhisattva, the saint of the Indian Mahayana Buddhist tradition, descending into the hell realms to work for the benefit of its denizens. Inspired in part by recent attempts to naturalize Buddhist ethics, I argue that taking this ‘mythological’ image seriously, as expressing philosophical insights, helps us better understand the shape of Mahayana value theory. In particular, it expresses a controversial philosophical thesis: the claim that no… CONTINUE READING
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