beautiful breath wrote:
The Tibetan traditions seem a million miles away from the Theravadins who I understand are considered to be the closest to what the Buddha actually taught himself prior to any major interpretations. There were no Vajras, Bells, Inner Offerings....etc... in the Discourses
tibetan buddhism (which is a continuation of lineages in indian buddhism) has no problem with the tenets of theravada
according to them, theravadins correctly explain dependent arising within appearances of inherent existence and true existence. the difference then is that those indian/tibetan lineages then go on to, in addition, refute not just permanence and persons independent of the aggregates, but also true and inherent existence
vajras, particular rituals, particular imagery, etc, arise due to direct contact between people proficient with emptiness and the bestowers of emptiness (buddhas).