“Buddhist ethics”: a Tantric critique
“Buddhist ethics,” as I’ve pointed out in recent posts, has nothing to do withtraditional Buddhist morality. Instead, it’s indistinguishable from mainstream leftish middle-class American secular morality. That, in turn, mainly derives from Calvinism.1
This page points out disagreements between contemporary “Buddhist ethics” and a Tantric Buddhist view, for several reasons:
- I think, at these points of conflict, Tantra is ethically correct, and “Buddhist ethics” is wrong.
- Western Buddhist Tantra was suppressed in the early 1990s partly because of these conflicts. Explaining the Tantric view may help reopen a door that has been closed for two decades.
- An attractive, genuinely Buddhist alternative to “Buddhist ethics” might be possible.
- Middle-class American secular values are failing many people. Tantra might be a weapon for throwing off Calvinism’s memetic domination.
Tantric Buddhism includes a complete rejection of mainstream (Sutric) Buddhist morality. However, since “Buddhist ethics” is not…
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