Luke wrote:Ah, but if people are only able to encounter Vajrayana teachings as a result of their past karma, then why do lamas need to restrict access to these teachings and act as the "gatekeepers"?
They don't. I, for example, am drawn to a certain practice but a teacher will be the one to assess whether I am ready to engage in the practice.
This works in all walks of life.
I may be drawn to formula one racing. I may even know how to drive a car. Does that mean I should immediately be given a formula one vehicle or should I go through a period of training etc... to ensure that I don't kill/injue myself and others the first time I press the accelerator?
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master