Twixt path and result

Road map

  1. Overview of tantra
    1. Base: spacious passion
    2. Path: unclogging energy
    3. Result: nobility ← You are here
  2. Understanding tantra by contrast with other Buddhisms
  3. Tantra: a history of innovation
  4. The future of Buddhist tantra

Pure Land” was the final post in the section explaining the path, or method, of Buddhist tantra.

Next, I will discuss its goal, or result.

In most Buddhist traditions, “enlightenment” is the goal. I believe that this idea is so vague and dubious that we should drop it.

I’ll suggest a possible alternative goal, “nobility.” Nobility, as a goal, is understandable, believable, desirable, and practical.

Because nobility is understandable, it makes the technical methods of tantra understandable. If “enlightenment” is the goal, many tantric techniques seem like voodoo. They are just bizarre and crazy. If you think of them as ways of developing nobility, they make better sense.

Rare strands of traditional Vajrayana do reject enlightenment as a goal, and aim for nobility, so this isn’t a complete fabrication. Some reinvention is required, however.

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Author: David Chapman

Author of the book Meaningness and several Buddhist sites.

1 thought on “Twixt path and result”

  1. Wow, from one blogger to another, great “Road Map” method. I love the “Your are Here” mark.
    (I may have to steal it sometime!)

    I always loved the notion of nobility and have been rejectingly skeptical of enlightenment.

    Suggestions to perhaps help clarify:

    (1) Put the actual title of the post in the outline too.

    (2) Put even today’s link in the outline.

    So, it would looks like this:

    1. Overview of tantra
    A. Base: spacious passion [“Reinventing Buddhist Tantra“]
    B. Path: unclogging energy [“Unclogging“]
    C. Result: nobility [“Nobility” & “Twixt path and result“]
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