The Limits of Compassion: Reflections on the ethics of inequality in Bodhicaryavatara chapters 6 & 8
|Date||Friday 15 June 2012|
|Time||11:00 – 13:00 hrs|
Buddhism and Social Justice Seminar by Professor L.O. Gómez.
Read at the level of “teachings” or “doctrines,” the Bodhicaryāvatāra defends apparently modern notions of equality. This reading of the text, however, encounters problems when we consider the way the text locates itself between social class and gender as figures of impurity and bondage and philosophical ideas about conventional and absolute truth. In the end we are left wondering what is the accepted social ideal behind the philosophical flourish.