Mantrik wrote:They do, but not all in the same form.
Assuming 'one size fits all' creates the two-sided debate, and simultaneously lets down both sides of the debate.
I'll wager that those who are most dissatisfied with their path have not received much personal guidance from the Lama or senior students.
As many lamas cannot possibly meet every student, I don't disparage the internet ..... in that respect.
Edt: I agree about the Guruyoga.
I don't think anybody said there is a "one size fits all". When I, in another thread, talked about preliminaries I was not referring to a specific set of practices.
For example: when we received the lung for Dudjom Lingpa's Buddhahood Without Meditation
from Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche each of us had to pledge to accumulate 1,200,000 Vajra Guru mantra, in order to be present. That is a form of preliminary practice, a preparation, a means to mature the mind so that the significance of the text becomes apparent.
(Yes, he did kick out people that refused to do the accumulations)
I also believe engaging in preliminary practices also shows one's seriousness/dedication to practice. I have, on multiple occasions, seen teachers give incredibly rare and precious practices (with samaya) that people have then put straight into the "circular filing cabinet". If they has gone through a testing phase of ngondro/preliminaries first it would have saved both the teacher and the student from future suffering AND in the meantime the student would have reaped the benefit of the preliminaries.
Personally, I think it is a win-win situation.