Konchog1 wrote:I was going to post this, but I thought it might be misunderstood as arrogant, so I decided not to. Then I thought "what the heck".
Don't worry, I would never think of someone sharing advice with me as arrogant.
Konchog1 wrote:It sounds to me like 1. You don't know that guilt doesn't exist in Buddhism. Only shame does. Shame is 'I did something bad'. Guilt is 'I did something bad and therefore I'm a bad person'. So don't become obsessed with Samaya.
Well, I have to say Tibetan authors do their best to ensure that I do become obsessed with it, in fact it seems to be their objective! I'm not really thinking in terms of guilt, but more in terms of karmic consequences.
Konchog1 wrote:2. You either lack the karma for Tantra or are obscured. So add the Four Powers to your daily practice and focus on what you do enjoy: the Lam Rim.
After all, as Phakongkha Rinpoche repeatedly says in Liberation in the Palm of your Hand, without Bodhicitta and the other things taught in the Lam Rim, success in Tantra is impossible.
Power of Regret
Acknowledgement you've done something you shouldn't have.
Power of the Remedy
Reciting Sutras (particularity the Confession chapter from the Sutra of Golden Light), mediating upon Emptiness, making images, bowing before them and so forth.
Power of the Determination
Determination never to commit the act again, even at the cost of one's life.
Power of the Object
Going for refuge to the Three Jewels and relying on them to protect your vow.
This is probably correct. At this stage, shamatha is a very advanced practice for me, I probably shouldn't rush it. I have to say that while in most things (teachers, deities, views on emptiness and such) I seem to have a closer connection to Nyingma, I have always felt that Gelug emphasis on gradual path and learning was a good idea.