MaitriYNOD wrote:dzogchungpa wrote:OK, so the Dzogchen POV is that the Vajrasattva of Ngondro is a real Buddha, not just a method?
Whichever position you end up taking, please don't consider yidams to be "just" methods. They are methods. Existent or not, there is nothing meager or diminutive about the methods of the Vajrayana. To say something is provisional does not detract from its profundity. Confused beings must depend on provisional methods, they are what lead us to awakening.
Perhaps I should have been clearer about the fact that I have enormous respect for Vajrayana, and in particular, I think deity yoga is, potentially, an incredibly profound practice.