Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An online journal of Buddhist scholarship related to ethics.


Buddhist and Tantric Perspectives on Causality and Society

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 16, 2009

Buddhist and Tantric Perspectives on Causality and Society

Chris Kang
University of Queensland

This paper examines the articulation of causality from Buddhist and Indian Tantric perspectives, offering a potentially fresh look at this topic using epistemologies and insights outside the dominant Western paradigm. Reclaiming non-Western voices that analyze and intuit causality rooted in multidimensional modes of knowing reveals new possibilities about the nature of reality and enables integral transformative actions for emancipating human suffering. In particular, I examine the genealogy of early Buddhist, Buddhist Tantric, Sāṃkhya, and Hindu Tantric perspectives, with reference to relevant internal philosophical debates, to explicate alternative viewpoints on causality and their implications for society.

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