As I indicated in my introductory post, I come from a Hindu perspective. I am primarily Vaishnava with some Shaiva thrown in (actually I see Vishnu and Shiva as flip sides of the same coin); I am exploring Buddhism. At first I thought d.i.y. vajrayāna was possible but in the few weeks I've been studying things, I know now that's impossible, and what vajrayāna is. To adopt and be empowered in vajrayāna would be in total conflict with Hinduism, as was pointed out to me, and I've since learned why. But there are elements of vajrayāna, mahāyāna and other schools that do mesh nicely with Vaishnava, Shaiva and Shakta Hinduism, don't require empowerment and are not contradictory.
That said, I'd like to offer apologies if it seems I am on a crusade to proselytize Hinduism, which I'm certainly not.
I am learning a lot from reading here, and sometimes I think a Hindu perspective might contribute to a conversation, considering I don't have a lot to contribute from a Buddhist perspective. So, I hope no one is offended by my posts. My primary reason for saying all that is because of gun-shyness. At another forum, to bring up another particular religion and use the "J.C.-word" (by anyone) as contrast and comparison would make WWII look like a love-in (now I'm really dating myself
). So I hope that my Hindu perspective doesn't elicit the same responses (those people "over there" are too sensitive anyway