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Can Man Go Beyond Ethics?: The System of Padmasambhava

Sally A. Wang
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring, 1975), pp. 141-155
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40017721
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Abstract

The ethics of Padmasambhava grew out of the Tantric and Buddhist philosophies over a thousand years ago and affected but a small part of the world, mainly Tibet and the surrounding areas. But this ethic, or system of non-ethics, may hold a key to the future of modern man. Padma's system presupposes the perfectibility of man and an order of highly intelligent men who are able to see through the ethical systems, the conflicts, the rigid societies of the world as games, games which need not be taken with such deadly seriousness. Western society is already shifting toward a similar ethic, although the West is not prepared philosophically or psychologically for it and faces the possibility of great confusion, insanity, or violence. The shift taking place may not result in the system of Padma but it will certainly resemble it.

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