Namdrol wrote:devilyoudont wrote:I mean it! You see, I have a theory. You know why Buddhist philosophy was vibrant in India? Because Indians had the strength to abandon Buddhism rather than betray their true understanding.
Buddhist philosophy was also vibrant in Tibet once too -- then sectarian politics sealed the new translation schools in intellectual mausoleums.
It's true that we have a natural tendency to cling to ideas and to defend our philosophies out of attachment, but I disagree with the new translation schools being sealed and intellectual, I think this is a stereotype. I can attest to a very vibrant and living tradition of Mahamudra in Je Tsongkhapa's oral tradition which is being practised by many people today. Normally when someone says 'Mahamudra', they think it refers to the Karma Kagyu school's practice but this is also a very practical teaching in the Gelug school too.