vinasp wrote:Do you think that because the teachings have the "Bhuddha" denying that his teachings are esoteric this provides a definate and final answer to the question ?
I apologize for interjecting.
The Theravada as it exists today contains no esoteric teachings from the Buddha, whether or not he taught any
, and that alone should probably suffice. We have what we believe is a complete path and therefore do not need to consider the possibility that we're missing esoteric Theravadin (or other) teachings. The Dhamma delivers one to liberation and in a relatively short amount of time; any secret teachings are, at best, unnecessary elaboration.
Would not every esoteric system deny that it was one ?
In fact, there are a number of esoteric Buddhist schools which publicize that fact even to newcomers; without denigrating the intentions of those who flout the rules of secrecy, I can say it's a major selling point. After all, every Buddhist with access to the internet can quickly become familiar with the ideas of self-visualization as a deity, hear talks on dzogchen, read tantras, etc., but we're continually warned that it's necessary to seek out a guru to practice these properly.
Is everything the Buddha says true?
If not, I find no reason to suspect his esoteric teachings will be of any more use to us than his lies about them.