My lama explained I should look at powerful shortcuts. I don’t know why. Maybe he thought I talked too much. He thought people are busy and need good short cuts.
You can take the bodhisattva vow alone. It is an aspiration.
HHDL recommends: “We have to be 21st century Buddhists with real understanding of the Dharma. Once you have such understanding, you’ll also be in a position to correct others. It’s important to go through the process of learning, reflecting and developing conviction and then thoroughly familiarising your mind with what you’ve understood. As far as the awakening mind is concerned, there is no better text than Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ and it’s good to start with chapters 8 and 6. Similarly, chapter 26 of Nagarjuna’s ‘Fundamental Wisdom’ explains how you go through rebirth because of ignorance, while chapter 18 shows how an understanding of dependent arising counters that ignorance."
This is the short-cut lam rim.
You can also read Atisha’s “Lamp on the Stages of the Path.”
Another excellent short text is, “Eight Verses...” http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-mas ... ining-mind
Short sutras like the Heart Sutra and the PrajnaParamita of a Single Letter.
There are tantras you can read openly these days and get a complete and clear picture what is being taught. I recommend downloading Gyurme Dorje’s translation of Longchenpa’s commentary on Guhyagarbha.
You can receive very pithy and swift empowerments and instructions on the essence of tantras online by actual masters like Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. You do not have to travel.
Based on these small factors you can be enlightened in this life.
I got my Chili Chilaya.