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  1. Over the past 2,500 years, Buddhism has sprouted a huge number of sects and derivative teachings. Buddhist monks are tolerant people, and they did not establish any central Buddhist inquisition to fight against the wrong way of thinking. Therefore, they teach who is in what a lot.

  2. I am neither a Buddhist teacher nor a Buddhist scholar.

    There is a wide variety of meditation practices in Buddhism. Each of them works with a large number of difficult states of mind (such as jealousy, greed, anger, confusion/stupidity, pride, and a huge number of combinations of these basic states that interfere with clear perception). There are also liberating states of mind that Buddhists work with.

    There are practices that are desirable to do when prepared, because if a person's mind is in a very confused state (a complex combination of difficult emotions listed above, causing a strong illusion in perception), its confusion can worsen. That is, before starting these practices, you can (usually advise) to practice other meditations in order to make the mind calmer, more focused and more stable. So that nothing distracts you.

    And often such meditations are recommended to be done with experienced people in this matter, teachers.

    A person, of course, may initially have a fairly clear mind and these practices will be clear to him.

    Very different people came to the Buddha, with different states of mind and with different goals. For example, I want to get better, I want to get better and help others get better, and so on. How do I achieve this? How did you achieve this yourself? He gave each of them lessons according to the request (and in fact, the level of readiness to work on themselves at the moment), but which will reveal the full potential of the student in the end, that is, lead to enlightenment.

    Hence all the variety.

    To summarize. This does not mean that these practices are for the elite. This indicates the specifics of the practices themselves and their accompanying instructions. We are all different and our minds are in different condition. Buddhism basically contains a lot of teachings based on abstract concepts, abstract thinking. Therefore, in order to protect the mind of a person from confusion, some practices are given when he is ready for these practices and they will really help him (the point of practices is that they bring benefits).

  3. You never know what someone, somewhere, once said. Well, people in Tibet like to play these games with secret teachings. They don't interfere with your life, do they? So leave them alone, do not deprive them of this sublime fun. Everyone is amused in their own way, for example, you want to use the authority of the Buddha to spank the buttocks of others. They say, what do they think they are, the Buddha would not approve?!
    Nice process — isn't it? When you slap someone on the backside and say, ” Here you go, Buddha is with me, not with you.”

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