Vajrayana Buddhism in the West: The Challenges and Misunderstandings of our Times
This is Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s complete and unedited public talk given at the Lerab Ling Buddhist centre in France, on 28 February 2018. During this talk, Rinpoche was asked to teach on the following questions:
—Is Vajrayana Buddhism a cult religion?
—How can we reconcile western values of independence, free will, critical intelligence and transparency, with the core Vajrayana principles of devotion, loyalty, secrecy and surrender?
—Given the pre-eminence of science and secularization in the West, what place is there for a spiritual tradition steeped in faith and ritual?