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“Buddhist ethics”: a Tantric critique

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“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:

  1. I think, at these points of conflict, Tantra is ethically correct, and “Buddhist ethics” is wrong.
  2. 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.
  3. An attractive, genuinely Buddhist alternative to “Buddhist ethics” might be possible.
  4. 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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