I submit for your consideration as it pertains to our discussion of the difference between the Vajrayana and Mahayana we have been discussing here.
19 years ago on October 4, 1997 in Binowa, Poland, then 63 year old Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche sang the following song, translated and arranged by Jim Scott.
“From the standpoint of the truth that’s ultimate
Besides no blocks, there are not even buddhas
No meditator and no meditated
No paths and levels travelled and no signs
And no fruition bodies and no wisdom
And, therefore, there is no nirvana there
Just designations using names and statements
All animate, inanimate—the three realms
Unborn and nonexistent from the outset
No base to rest on, do not coexist
There is no karmic act, no maturation
So, even the name,”samsara,” does not exist
That’s the way these are in the final picture
But, oh, if sentient beings did not exist
What would the buddhas of three times all come from
Since fruition with no cause—impossible!
So, the standpoint of the truth that’s relative
Is samsara’s wheel, nirvana past all grief
It all exists, that is the Sage’s teaching
Then, what exists appearing to be things
And their non-existence, pure being, emptiness
Are essentially inseparable, one taste
And, therefore, there is neither self-awareness
Nor awareness of what’s other anywhere
All of this, a union vast and spacious
And all those skilled in realizing this
Do not see consciousness, they see the wisdom
Do not see sentient beings, they see buddhas
Don’t see phenomena, they see pure being
And out of this compassion just emerges
Retention, powers, fearlessness and all
The qualities embodied by a buddha
Just come as if you had a wishing jewel
This is what I, the yogi, have realized
The presumption in the Mahayana is that you can’t handle the truth.
Thus you end up doing whatever your teacher tells you to do.
If you are your own teacher, good luck with that.
Either way being a Mahayana person your practice will inevitably end badly for you.
You will never think your practice is good enough.
The Vajrayana is otherwise.
It is as obvious as the nose on your face.
It need only be pointed out to you.
A Vajrayana person takes the result as their path and as such whatever they do is their practice.
Sometimes you appear to be doing this.
Sometimes you appear to be doing that.
Sometimes you appear to do be doing nothing at all.
Good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end.
It’s all good.