I don’t think so. What is paramount is the teacher-student relationship. The vajrayana was originally a personal and secret practice. You don’t need to be part of any community to practice. On the contrary, participation in a community probably increases the opportunities for breaching samaya.Motova wrote: ↑Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:24 pmBeing a part of The Community is very important in Dharma... especially Vajrayana.Gatinho wrote: ↑Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:05 pmBut it seems to me that I am being given authority to do a practice myself and I know it is very popular (encouraged even) to hang around lamas basking in the ambience - for me I have no inclination to do so. I avoid dharma centres and only go for specific teachings every few years or so. I'm not sure if this makes me very unusual - but I think that examining one's teacher for many years, receiving instructions for practice and going away and doing it, is more traditional than what seems the standard now of receiving dozens of teachings and empowerments (while idolising one's lama as a saviour) and joining a 'community'.
Yes one has samayas regarding students who have received the same empowements from the same guru. But those obligations are with respect to pure perception.