Posted here from another thread...
Then you will be awfully surprised when you read the texts I have read.
well, for example, the "The Essence of the Critical Point of Memory
" in the Vima Nyinthig, has a footnote on this passage "Though one seeks vidyā with words, the meaning is not touched..." that says "Through the assertions of the nine yānas".
For example, in a teaching of Shri Singha to Vairocana found in the dgongs pa zang thal, the three inner tantras are listed as follows: mahāyoga, anuyoga and the view of the mahāmudra of non-dual appearance and emptiness. Following this, Dzogchen is listed separately from the nine yanas.
Or there is a tantra called The Self-Arisen Great Perfection
from the Kadag Rangjung Rangshar which states:
I demonstrated the definitive meaning, the self-originated primordial wisdom
for those of the best fortune.
I demonstrated the Dharmas of the nine vehicles
for those of medium fortune.
I demonstrated the outer Dharma of the provisional meaning
for those with average fortune.
And there is an interesting text in the Gongpa Zangthal called The Mind Tantra of Vajrasattva
which extensively differentiates the great perfection from the nine yanas. It begins:
In the demonstration of the eight intimate instructions that are superior to the nine yānas, the intention of all teachings of the great perfection...