I am interested in learning more about Vajrayana and have been exploring Dharma Wheel and also looking at posts here regarding Vajrayana.
I keep seeing posts here that state that Vajrayana is Adhamma. Is this true? Is the Vajrayana not the Buddha's Teachings? If so, does that mean that someone like the Dalai Lama is not following the Buddha's Teachings?
ugh, what a loaded question. i'll try too answer with great tact:
the vajrayana contains an extremely vast variety of teachings. some are very much in line with what the buddha taught.
do they follow the buddhas teachings? almost all of their scriptures came into existence long after the agamas/nikayas of the oldest known buddhist schools. so technically they are not following THE buddhas teachings, as these scriptures were created by others. or not, some say these scriptures came straight from the buddha via some kind of inter-dimensional transference or something and that they actually supersede traditional dhamma. maybe this is true? i don't claim too know. but as far as historians are concerned, they were a later development created by individual buddhist thinkers and schools and a combining of bon and hinduism with buddhism. it's up too the practitioner too decide where they stand. personally i think all schools have good things too teach us and i accept that every school could contain some nonsense. the key is too test it out for yourself. the buddha always invited people too test out the dhamma for themselves. so you can find what works for yourself.
however do they follow the buddhas teachings in spirit? many of them do, very much so! there are many teachings and teachers in vajrayana that teach wonderful things that are in line with the buddhas teachings. and many of the scriptures were written by buddhists and are also very much in line with the traditional teachings and so share the same spirit.
i studied vajrayana for a few years, then zen, and now theravada. vajrayana has a lot too sift through too find simple teachings. for example you could be instructed too worship an ancient tibetan god or a hindu god. this kind of thing is not found in the traditional dhamma. however i have heard these things explained in a way that makes them work for the most part along with the traditional dhamma and even heard it explained as though it's not worship at all but learning too become humble or imbue oneself with the attributes of such and such deity (whether this is a modern idea or not i don't know).
there are thousands of practices and other things too do in vajrayana, many of which are not found in the traditional dhamma. which are wrong and which are right? obviously any that break precepts or are otherwise opposed too the dhamma are wrong. other than that though, there is really no way too tell other than personal experience.
should one practice dream yoga? the buddha certainly never taught it. but i did for years and it helped me understand not self, and impermanence. both of which are core ideas in the dhamma!
should one practice tibetan breathing excersizes too work with prana? the buddha did not teach such things. but i did this for years, and still do it today (although i switched too qigong, but tomato tomato) and found that it makes me have more energy for meditation and i feel healthier in general.
just because they are not found in the traditional dhamma does not make them wrong by any means!
what i do is make sure i have a firm grounding in what the traditional dhamma is, and then i supplement it with practices from other traditions as long as they do not conflict.
i think they can all work together as long as you have a firm base.
and this can go any way you want, you can practice zen and decide that is official and only use methods from other traditions that fit in with it. or make vajrayana your base, or yogacara, or whatever.
or maybe you can just pick one tradition and stick with that completely and use nothing from other styles. perhaps this is a good way too go. who knows?
really it's personal preference in the end. the only ones that are unquestionably incorrect are the practices that break precepts or are otherwise opposed too the spirit of the dhamma/dharma.
finally i'll say:
maybe none of the above is correct in any way.
all i know is that i know nothing.
do a lot of research. a LOT. and then you will be able to come too your own informed decisions on the matter.
The time would not pass. Somebody was playing with the clocks, and not only the electronic clocks but the wind-up kind too. The second hand on my watch would twitch once, and a year would pass, and then it would twitch again.
There was nothing I could do about it. As an Earthling I had to believe whatever clocks said -and calendars.”
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