Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Masters are above Mundane Morality

Saying that the law of inversion, or the principle that enlightened masters are above "mundane" morality is a misinterpretation of reality ignores the fact that Tibetans themselves believe it's ok for the lama to lie, steal, or kill. The assistant to a local Rinpoche in Andrew Harvey's "A Journey In Ladakh" says the lama can kill someone, and it's not our place to question or try to divine his motives. The Berzin Archives, "The Nature of Buddhist Ethics", further explains:

"Only the end justifies the means, nothing else. 'Upaya' has two forms, a normative and non-normative one. The normative is that which is taken by Buddhists as a model for imitation and implementation, which involves the cultivation of the Six Perfections. The non-normative version of the doctrine is the upaya displayed by the Great Bodhisattvas which involves them in forms of antinomian conduct...

As more and more emphasis is placed upon the welfare of others as the sole end, the means employed to achieve it are questioned less and less. The bodhisattva who is motivated by karuna will seek the well-being of his fellow creatures and choose that course of action which has best consequences irrespective of moral norms which might prohibit it."

From the Secondary Bodhisattva Vows (Berzin), providing examples of circumstances in which one might kill, lie, steal or engage in inappropriate sexual activity:
"We are willing, if male, to have sex with another's wife, or with an unmarried woman whose parents forbid it, or with any other inappropriate partner, when the woman has a strong wish to develop bodhicitta but is overwhelmed with desire for sex with us and who, if she were to die not having had sex with us, would carry the grudge ... into future lives, and as a result, would be extremely hostile toward bodhisattvas and the bodhisattva path." To what extent is this open to the projections of the purported bodhisattva?

From "The Tantric Vows" (Berzin Archives): "Discriminating awareness" (prajna, wisdom) is another name for women. By relying on the bliss and joy that come from union with one, without orgasmic release, a male enhances his discriminating awareness of voidness [emptiness]."

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