A Necessary Corrective

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A Necessary Corrective

Postby aparajita » Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:50 am

I was reading a sutta the other day, and a thought popped into my head:

I think that followers of the Vajrayana often descend into superstition. By saying that, I don't mean that any of the methods unique to this path are bunk. Far from it! Rather, I think that they often become too caught up in abstruse speculations which have little to do with their practice or not, and also adopt an attitude that I like to think of we're-not-worthyism.

By we're-not-worthyism, I mean being careful to always emphasize that such-and-such a person who actually accomplished something with his practice is an emanation of some deity or has been practicing since damn near the beginning of time. If your practice couldn't potentially be the vehicle which takes you from being civil war on two legs to being Milarepa or Guru Rinpoche in less than a decade, then does it have absolutely any value at all in your life? And wouldn't you be suited to doing something more likely to benefit you, like buying things from HSN or looking at internet porn all day?

"Malunkyaputta, it's not the case that when there is the view, 'The cosmos is eternal,' there is the living of the holy life. And it's not the case that when there is the view, 'The cosmos is not eternal,' there is the living of the holy life. When there is the view, 'The cosmos is eternal,' and when there is the view, 'The cosmos is not eternal,' there is still the birth, there is the aging, there is the death, there is the sorrow, lamentation, pain, despair, & distress whose destruction I make known right in the here & now."

Please note: This is not an attempt to start a flamewar. Rather, this is a thought which has been kicking around in the back of my head for awhile. :ban: :tongue:
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Re: A Necessary Corrective

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:17 am

A great deal of the problem arises when practritioners do not have personal access to a teacher, that knows and understands their personal situation, to pull them out of the myriad potholes that Vajrayana practice can lead one into.

Another serious problem is misunderstandings based on lack of instruction and a lack of comprehension of the outer, inner, secret and ultimate nature of Vajrayana teachings especially for people that think they can practice Vajrayana (and understand Vajrayana teachings) without proper personal guidance.

Then there are the texts themselves. I recently came across (with the help of my teacher) a section in an otherwise impeccable translation, where the mistranslation of a single word ("by" instead of "of") rendered the meaning of that section of the text COMPLETELY different. Thankfully my teacher was giving the teaching straight from the Tibetan text.
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PS We have all been practicing from "damn near the beginning of time" and we are all "the emanation of some deity" so quit worrying. If we were not, then we would not be having this discussion right now. ;)
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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