solfugid36 wrote: So my question is this, who is Vajradhara for people who do not have a root lama? Could he be the lama you have taken refuge with but do not have the opportunity to work closely with? Could he be a future lama that you have not met yet? Could he be a teacher from the past like Milarepa or Lord Jigten Sumgon? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Yes Yes Yes, all of these things and more. The lama is ultimately the nature of your mind, and anything in apparent reality that helps you to realize that nature. You have received empowerments from two human beings, and you have simultaneously received empowerment from all the enlightened masters in the lineage. So you definitely have a root lama, don't doubt that. Samaya is two-way - you agree to practice until completion, and they agree to help liberate you. How fortunate! So you may regard Vajradhara as a being from the past, present, future, the unmanifest nature of your mind along with its boundless compassion, and/or all of these at once. Noticing how suffering arises as the mind tries to solidify this or that, giving rise to doubt, is an excellent lesson in how samsara is perpetuated, so learn well!