I just realized earlier that I was speaking here with someone who doesn’t know the difference between the Mahayana and the Vajrayana.
To whom this may concern:
In terms of the Vajrayana, if you are Karma Kagyu, a Karmapa is Vajradhara, a primordial Buddha, and not a Bodhisattva.
Therefore, to refer here to a Karmapa as being a Bodhisattva is inappropriate and as such not appreciated.
The Mahayana is magical thinking.
I don’t do magical thinking.
To quote Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
“Vajradhara is a principle or a state of mind that possesses fearlessness. The fear of death, the fear of pain and misery—all such fears—have been transcended. Having transcended those states, the eternity is not particularly dependent on life situations and whether or not we make them healthier or whether or not we achieve longevity. It is not dependent on anything of that nature.
We are discussing a sense of eternity that could apply to our own lives as well. This attitude of eternity is quite different from the conventional spiritual idea of eternity. The conventional idea is that if you attain a certain level of spiritual one-upmanship, you will be free from birth and death. You will exist forever and be able to watch the world and have power over everything. It is the notion of the superman who cannot be destroyed, the good savior who helps everyone using his Superman out. This general notion of eternity and is somewhat distorted, somewhat cartoonlike: the spiritual superman has power over others, and therefore he can attain longevity, which is a continuity of his power over others. Of course he does also help others at the same time.”
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
From volume five of the collected works of Chogyam Trungpa
I apologize for the drama.
I assumed that the person I was speaking with here knew the difference between the Mahayana and Vajrayana.