Karma Dorje wrote:Huseng wrote:Okay, but Vajrayāna still promises rapid progression to buddhahood.
The emphasis on speed of results in Vajrayana is motivated solely by compassion and love for sentient beings. Seeing the condition of beings-- that they desire happiness yet actively work at producing more suffering, one is moved to immediately put an end to ignorance and be able to rescue them. Not kalpas in the future, not seven lives from now. Right now. The only reason to develop upaya is to help others. Anything else is just self-aggrandizement and is both a wrong path and a total disaster for the deluded being that treads it. The image traditionally used to cultivate the proper sentiment is that of a mother who has no arms watching her only child carried away by a raging river. If one doesn't have this kind of motivation, one won't do the hard work necessary to succeed in the vajrayana path. One is in danger of succumbing to delusive fantasies.
The notion that Vajrayana is only suitable for very few obscuration-free sentient beings is the exact opposite of the message we see repeatedly in the Vajrayana texts. Over and over again they stress that as obscurations become more entrenched, the Vajrayana methods become more effective. Why? Because they don't leave behind the afflictive emotions, but rather transform them in place. It's not always pretty. There is an ever present danger of mental imbalance. This is why an experienced and realized guru is necessary. There are both spectacular successes and failures on the vajrayana path. They all come down to whether the practitioner had genuine compassion or not.
Better than good, EXCELLENT.
I would like to mention also, that vajrayana doesn't promise rapid progression to buddhahood.
it only provides the opportunity.
I only make this distinction, which is a small one but very important,
because we often hear that by doing some activity, being generous, making prostrations, etc.
that one will quickly accumulate merit.
However, performing various good actions only provides the opportunity to accumulate merit.
it is the motivation behind those actions which causes one to accumulate no merit, some merit,
or much merit and thus "rapid progression to buddhahood",
and that motivation is compassion and love for sentient beings.
This aspect of motivation also applies to the topic of this discussion, MYTH.
Modern thinking demands that for something to be true,
it must be true regardless of one's participation in the outcome.
Thus, one might argue that
dharma trransmission, if it is not a "myth"
should, objectively, be dispensable
from anyone who has it to anyone who wants it,
much the way a soft drink dispenser dispenses Coca-Cola.
But this isn't how it works.
So, it is not unlike the accumulation of merit for the
"rapid progression to buddhahood".