It is said that there are 84,000 dharma gates and each provides distinct methods for developing wisdom and the tools necessary for inner awakening. While each method is a different expression of the Buddha’s teachings, the essence is the same. There are numerous lineages in the world of Buddhadharma, all of which fall under the umbrella of the sutrayana and tantrayana. While Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana appear externally distinct from each other, they all emerged from Buddha’s wisdom, just as many branches grow from one root.
As human beings, we share many similarities but are also very different from each other. Our unique characteristics include our individual interests, temperaments, and psychological make up. The different methods for inner awakening have been developed in order to meet the spiritual need of each human being’s unique character. Regardless of their different outward manifestations, these methods share the same foundation, that of love or insight. For this very reason, masters of the past, such as Nagarjuna, stated that three principles are essential for our journey to liberation: boundless compassion, unshakable Bodhicitta, and nondual wisdom.
Vajrayana is the form of tantric Buddhism which began in India and later flourished in other countries. Tantric Buddhism was practiced in great monasteries and lay communities in ancient India. Many Tantric sanghas were formed by yogis who were quite independent and intentionally disassociated from established institutions. Beginning in the 8th century, Tibet became the center of this great tradition, which is sometimes called the secret mantrayana. In the past, masters cautiously shared the Vajrayana. Many masters taught it to only a few individuals and not to the public. They felt the general population would misunderstand its esoteric methods.
Anam Thubten has created the Vajra Sangha for those whom he personally invites to walk this path. Entering this path requires commitment—including the practice of ngondro, which involves time and dedication. This path is not for everyone. There are other profound paths and countless individuals have experienced profound inner transformation through the various Buddhist traditions.
In order to find out more information about entering the Vajra Sangha, please contact the Vajra Sangha Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. This council is composed of individuals who work closely with Anam Thubten in various aspects of this sangha. We will be happy to assist those who have a strong inclination toward such path.
Vajra Sangha Council