There are many Vajrayana traditions and they can appear quite different. The point of this site is to facilitate understanding of Vajrayana as a field, the general principles upon which it is based, and its contemporary function in the world. My priors are that Vajrayana offers something distinct from other Buddhisms, that it is well-suited to flourish in a variety of forms outside its traditional cultural context.
I am not an expert in all Vajrayana; quite the contrary. I have gone into depth in one approach. It is likely that, if you find Vajrayana a good fit, you will do so too. The vision I have for Vajrayana Now is that it will become a stepping-stone for potential tantrikas (people who practice Vajrayana). It’ll be quite a wide, flat stepping stone, one that you can hang around on before deciding which direction to step, hop or jump next. And you can always come back to it and splash out in a different direction if you like.
Here are some ideas for topics the site might cover:
- A resource section with pages on different approaches, courses and retreats, books, websites
- Practice and practices
- Principles and functions
– ethics/morality/yanas (vehicles and their view)
- Introduction to teachers and their styles, links to their biographies and teaching schedules
- Teacher matters: the role of the teacher, teacher-student relationships
- Portraits of yogis, past and present
- Blog posts about living as a tantrika
I’ll add more to that list as the shape and scope of the site becomes clearer. I am hoping that parts of the site will be a collaborative effort, with contributions from practitioners experienced in different styles and lineages of Vajrayana practice. If you would like to contribute in that way, please get in touch with me via the contact form.
Please use the comments section of this page to tell me what you would like to see the site cover. What would help you, personally, approaching Vajrayana? I can’t promise to deliver everything that’s suggested – but it will be a good starting point to know how you think I can help.