Jñāna wrote:Dechen Norbu wrote:This is where the wheat gets separated from the chaff. Some will feel inspired by Buddhadharma while others won't. Some will feel inspired to a certain point while others won't be able to overcome some deluded (from a Buddhist perspective) intellectual positions. This is what defines the capacity of the practitioner. What you choose to put to the test by means of dedicated practice.
It's a pluralistic world. I sometimes find myself engaged with practitioners from various traditions. Parroting worn out vajrayāna catchphrases is completely unskillful in such contexts. A more integrated hermeneutic is needed. It's all about communication, relationship, and practice.
I have nothing against your position. Pretty much I agree with what you've been saying.
However, although different schools have similarities, there are differences and some are irreconcilable. Tolerance is not trying to equate these differences as if in the end it was all the same. That's a subtle form of intolerance. As a corollary one ends up respecting the other because deep down one is convinced that both are talking about the same thing. Tolerance and respect, in my opinion, passes more by recognizing and respecting those differences.
I say that it's all about practice, relationship and communication. In the end it's practice that will allow a genuinely caring relationship that will translate in better communication. Perhaps one can reconcile Rangtong and Shentong, but it's very difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile Theravada and Vajrayana. We share common teachings, but then we have many differences.
My interpretation of different capacities goes a little against post modernist thinking, I know. Relativism can be taken to an extreme and for me that's political bs. However I don't define the value of a set of teachings per se, but by its relation to the practitioners. The best teaching is always the one we can understand and follow. So for some the highest teaching is Theravada. For others, it's Dzogchen. But fot a Dzogchen practitioner saying that he would be better or it would be the same practicing Theravada, view and method, is absurd. It's also a breach of samaya for a good reason.