Pero wrote:One of the things that annoy me to no end it when people say "oh but who was Buddha's teacher?" or something like that. For millenia it has been practiced that students learned from teachers and now the almighty John Doe's can do without? Even if Buddha and Garab Dorje had had no teachers, it's incredibly arrogant to think we're their equals. Though perhaps years back I might not have thought so either, I now see it's generally pretty stupid to think otherwise.
I don't know, there's something open-minded and optimistic about it. Kinda like a child who says he wants to grow up to be a famous actor. You're the parental figure that squashes dreams by throwing concepts of "possible" onto the backs of innocents. I rely on teachers, but in my heart I know it is all up to me, so in a way it really does all boil down to what one can achieve for himself through various kinds of awareness.
Also, we are told that Siddhartha was a "display" Nirmanakaya Buddha. It seems like people, often knowledgeable ones, even, pick and choose what they want to believe. We have people here who don't think much of the tulku system and of course everyone seems to feel the particular yana they are involved in is the correct one, more or less discounting the opinions of those following other paths who feel theirs is superior. Knowing all this, does the idea of a "display" emanation really pass the sniff test given Siddhartha's life story? How about his immaculate conception? I don't know about all that. What I do know for sure is there was a guy who lived and taught and that he discovered on his own and founded a new tradition here on earth.
"Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings." Pema Chodron