Namaste Singhi Kaya,
thank you for the post.
i've recently become unemployeed, so my time is mostly spent in other activities
Vajrayana Buddhism, which is the form practiced in Tibet, is an authentic Buddhist tradition which fully relies upon and supports the Orthodox and the Heterodox teachings of the Hinyana and Mahayana.
Originally Posted by Singhi Kaya
correct, Vajrayana Buddhism is not pure Tantra though a large tantric teaching is present within the yana.
Tibetan buddhism is not tantrism but tantra is integrally associated with the tradition. It is buddhism in philosophy but tantra in practice and interpretation.
the philosophical position of the Vajrayana Buddhists, especially as found in Tibet, is the Prasangika Madhyamika school.
there are 4 main schools of philosophical Buddhist thought, so it is a bit incorrect to hold the view that Buddhism has a monolithic philosophical view.
indeed. recall, one of the main features of Vajrayana Buddhism is the direct mind to mind transmission of the teachings from guru to student. in particular, the tantric teachings are given only to students that have advance a sufficient degree along the path.
Being an indian hindu my idea of this path is even much shallow than Tantrika. But some searched in internet and spending some time on buddhist forums in past, I gathered that Vajrayana stress the role of sexual rituals in much lighter shades at least to the public. Most websites stress much more on basic purification practices like ngondro which are required to enter the path.
the Vajrayana, as a whole, does hold the same view regarding the specific sexual rituals detailed in the tantras, that such are practice to remove the taints not as a measure of progress.
So does Vajrayana holds the same view about sexual rituals? i.e they are practiced to give higher experiences and not just a test of one's progress? If so, does it views that these rituals are unavoidable if one chooses to follow the path and one remains at a lower stage if he/she doesn't participate in chakras?
It may be there are many views, but I would like to know the most prevalent.
by the by.. one of the ways in which ones progress is measured is a technique called "tummo" or inner fire. this is where a wet sheet is draped across ones body and one uses their inner fire to dry the sheet.
i wouldn't say that they are "unavoidable" since it is quite possible that a being will never be at a the point, in their current arising, that they could practice the tantras with any benefit. that being said, in terms of a linear progression along the path, the tantras are said to be something of a "short cut" due to the nature of the energy which is being worked with.
this "short cut" has a broad appeal to many western hemisphere beings, and others as well. as such, the Tantra taught in Buddhism is called the "Secret Oral Transmissions" given by Buddha Shakyamuni to those specific disciples that he knew could uphold and practice them, at least in the Tibetan understanding
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That i do, without being commanded, what others do only through fear of Law.