retrofuturist wrote:Some of the things that occur in Vajrayana are actively discouraged in those texts, but it is understandable that there is divergence because Vajrayana is founded on different root texts and introduces the notion of a guru, which is much different to the Theravadin roles of a teacher, or a preceptor.
retrofuturist wrote:My recommendation would be to focus on the teachings for the time being, because it seems you find no benefit in the traditional/cultural aspects of Buddhism at this point in time.
Aloka wrote:I used to be a Vajrayana practitioner and then realised I needed to move on. Over a period of time I began reading suttas in the Pali Canon and also investigating the western teachers/teachings of the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition (no deity practices, empowerment ritual ceremonies, guru yoga etc) and It all felt like a breath of fresh air to me - so I wouldn't worry too much.
M83 wrote:My question is, what are the major differences between the two sects? What am I in for in terms of transitioning?..
Sounds like we are in the same boat then, Aloka. Would you mind either posting here or private messaging me more about your transition? I guess I feel like a fish out of water since I've had a guru to guide me and now I am kind of looking around not knowing where to begin.
Aloka wrote:there's a real premium on availing oneself of different teachers, and honing one's mind by taking in and distilling the Dhamma talks from many different respected teachers. Even in the old Thai traditions, the monks were encouraged to travel around a bit and sample the teachings of a variety of teachers. So, quite the opposite of the guru-centric approach, Theravada can be like a university with numerous professors, all with great ideas and teachings to contribute.
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