The Seeker wrote:I have began reading the book I have again, from the beginning. Had to take a break as between work and the remodeling of the house I didn't have much time for studying.
I am able to understand the terms used in the book, from reading so many posts here from the different members who help so many of us.
But I am really having a hard time "grasping" much of the teaching in the context, as at times, a talk by HHDL is mentioned and then the subject covered in this teaching isn't explained.
I think I need to find a teacher and gain a greater understanding of a few things before I'll be able to practice this with the proper/correct intentions.
I once again thank all of you for you input and help as I try to understand things in the proper context.
Kindest wishes, Dave
I do think your own earlier thought that this may be stuff you're not ready for is to the point. Do trust your own instincts. You could simply get the FPMT prayer book and do the basic prayers there (refuge, Bodhicitta, short seven limb prayer) and you're also set. My teacher in fact simply advised to start out by at least doing refuge and three prostrations daily. Once a pattern is set it becomes easier to expand it. Of course if you're doing an hour, that's plenty.
If this sadana's works for you, that's great. I do the Dalai Lama guru puja daily, a text that's classed as Kriya tantra apparently, and I love it. No empowerment required either, apparently. Though I'll be asking for one anyhow. I've been given to understand that sadana's in the guru yoga category don't require an empowerment, so you're safe on that score.
The way I understand it the thing to be avoided without empowerment is visualizing yourself as a Buddha.
Of course the FPMT Discovering Buddhism course is a good introduction to tantra, though a bit light on terminology I think.
When it comes to serious study it really doesn't make sense to try and get tantra when you're not yet at least reasonably familiar with 'sutra', aka the Lam Rim, the Mahayana path. That doesn't have to stop you doing the practice: guru yoga is taught at the sutra level as a preperation for tantra anyhow.
As for dogmatism: as long as the practice isn't a commitment, the OP can switch practices if he finds he wants to study or meditate in another tradition.