Now as I've searched and read, the schools of Tibetan Buddhism are Vajrayana. So what are the "higher morals" of a Vajrahana practitioner compared to a Mahayana practitioner?In the bone yard wrote:All sentient beings will have to eliminate their karma to eliminate rebirth. The path should be the goal.
We can't expect an animal or lower realm, human being to adhere to a Mahayana practitioner's set of morals.
A vajrayana practitioner cannot follow the morals of a Mahayana practioner without descent into hell realm.
For a Mahayana practitioner simply refraining from the 10 harmful acts will not be enough, generally speaking.
For example, no killing should be extended to animals (including insects and spiders!) and so forth. But as was stated in the original post, merit must be accompanied by wisdom.
We have to learn to listen to our heart for what's right and wrong and always use a healthy sense of discipline.
The biggest assistance to one's practice is keeping to the good influence of friends and acquaintances.
This confuses me as I am studying the beginners course through FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) which is taught in the Gelug-pa tradition, so why is it the Mahayana tradition and not Vajrayana? As Gelug is a Tibetan/Vajrayana school?
Thanks for any and all help understanding this.