Give it a try. Let us know how it works out.[/quote]
Come don't get personal. I sheparded 40 Saasen goats in the Alps. I wouldn't call it impractical, but you think different Konchog?[/quote]
I tried it. It didn't work. It was a train wreck. My own (defiled) imagination of what I thought that entailed defeated me.
Now I stick to paths the texts describe as 'inferior'. It's working much better for me now.
But hey, don't let me stop you. Maybe it's more karmically appropriate for you than me.[/quote]
Something like this. I've never understood the Shepherd Bodhisattva. But I used to think I had to be. I've aspired to be the King-Like Bodhisattva, not out of any self-interest, but more out of practicalness. If you're going to help people escape from a burning house, it's better to do it when you have all your gear on.[/quote]
If you read the accomplishments on the Bumi stages, and one must progress from one Bhumi state to the next.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bh%C5%ABmi_(Buddhism
I think all the burning houses would of been put out by now.
If the claims in the stages of the Bhumis are correct. Omniscience (the ability to read minds) is clearly stated as an accomplishment on Bhumi 7 along with the perfections http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramita
Not to mention the claims in the next Bumis. One Bhumi 10 one can be as many as all the atoms in the universe, along with accomplishing the perfectionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramita
I think this place would be slightly different than what it is.
To say that anything more than the Shepard Bodhisattva has been achieved seems to be silly.