We’re covering new material on ‘Buddhism’ in this book, and in some ways we’re hesitant even to refer to it as ‘Buddhism’. However, ‘Buddhism’ approaches giving the average reader an idea of the direction we’re taking with the material presented.
In many popular Buddhist stories, we meet adepts known as ‘Mahasiddhas’ who followed very unconventional paths to Enlightenment. Often considered (before being recognized as Adepts) to be mad, delusional, or just eccentric by the standards of their contemporary society, most Mahasiddhas were not recognized until after the deaths of their ‘ordinary’ human bodies.
The classic tales of the Mahasiddhas come to you now across the safe distance of centuries. Mellowed and embellished by many years of telling and transcribing, people often study them more as anecdotes than examples of how one might actually practice a Spiritual Path.
The Mahasiddhas all shared two traits: They possessed immovable faith in their Spiritual Guides, and unquestionable certainty that by following their Guides’ instructions, they could – eventually – attain Enlightenment.
We’d like to propose to you that the world is ripe for a fresh round of Mahasiddha activity.
~ Buddha Vajrapani and Buddha Heruka