Huseng wrote:After traveling around many temples in India over the last number of weeks, I've noticed that Tibetan Buddhism in India seems tailored for Tibetans and Westerners.It is unusual that despite Tibetan Buddhism being firmly rooted in India, it doesn't seem to have much to do with average Indians.
The average Indian is Hindu and almost unshakeable in the belief that Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu and so really a Hindu like them anyway. There just isn't that much interest but nevertheless often teachings by His Holiness in Dharamsala are translated into Hindi and some lamas have established centres and programs specifically for the local population. The FPMT have centres in Delhi, Bodhgaya and Bangalore, Tai Situ Rinpoche has a large following of Indian students and regularly teaches at their request in New Delhi and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has established the wonderful Deer Park Institute. But you're right, most students of buddhism in India are Tibetan and Western.