Khalil Bodhi wrote:
I practice primarily with teachers in the Theravada tradition and am pretty much firmly committed to the Dhamma-vinaya as presented in the Theravadin diaspora. Nonetheless, I have always been impressed by texts such as the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, the Bodhicaryavatara and practices such as tonglen. I guess what I am trying to figure out is if there are teachers who would be willing to work with someone who is unable or (maybe) unwilling to take on the entire Vajrayana and Mahayana package. In short, I don't believe I have what it takes to aspire to Buddhahood but I find the attitudes high-lighted and developed in the various treatises on mind-training to be excellent tools to cultivate the brahma-viharas perhaps all the way to release and, failing that, at least make my life one well lived and not wasted. lease note that I'm not looking for argument or debate, just some guidance so forgive me if I have offended anyone through my inability to articulate my meaning.
If you are inspired by the Bodhicaryavatara you have touched the heart of Mahayana. You should try to get teachings on these texts from a qualified master, you will not regret it.