When Vajrayana Meditation Practice Calls but …

What happens when your love of Vajrayana style meditation makes you yearn for it, but you just can’t do a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice anymore because it carries too many negative associations? I don’t know what happens for others, but this is what happened for me.

2 Replies to “When Vajrayana Meditation Practice Calls but …”

  1. Hi Tahlia: I loved your latest post on your re-creation of your Vajrayana practice and wrote an article about it on my blog. I hope it properly represents what you were saying.
    https://engagedharma.net/2024/01/08/beyond-the-temple/

    It reminds me of a video I recently saw by Shozan Jack Haubner of Zen Confidential: the Path is not TO the Monastery, but THROUGH the Monastery, in which he says something very similar. He says that the traditional course of a Zen practitioner might be to spend some amount of time in a Zen monastery, even many years, but eventually, the student is expected to leave the monastery and return to the world. Here’s the video in case you’re interested: https://youtu.be/l6ToqptL4_s?si=RGA2uoz9Eu2NDyfh

    1. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you’re enjoying my journey. I certainly am! Yes, I think you got the gist of it in your article, and I totally agree about the monastry not being a place to hang your hat. I think if I was to change one thing in people’s minds about vajryana, it’s the idea that membership of a group is for life. We should see our time in such groups as a period of intensive study and practice after which, we move on. The focus on devotion to a human guru gets in the way of us trusting our own wisdom, which is where the teachings and practice direct us, but the gurus rather like to keep us dependent on them. Ultimatelty, we have to grow up, leave the nest and find our own way.

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