Gautama Lord Buddha was one of God’s Avatars, that is, he was a previous
Advent of the same pre-eminent divine Person who later proclaimed Himself as Maitreya Buddha in His current Advent as Meher Baba.
There were several unique things about the Avatar’s Advent as the Buddha. The most paradoxical and least understood aspect of the Buddha is that He was a Divine Person who did not teach the existence of God as a creator diety or as the goal of our lives in any sense. What the Buddha taught as the Goal of His Path is Nirvana, the anhillation of the limited mind. Meher Baba said that His mistake as the Buddha was that He stopped at Nirvana and failed to teach Nirvikalpa Samadhi, which is the state of Godhood or Buddhahood which immediately and automatically dawns to the individual, in those cases in which highest final Nirvana is actually attained. In fact, we don’t need to to know about Nirvakalpa Samadi to achieve it, but the lack of that specific teaching by the Buddha has made Buddhism vulnerable to a perfectly outrageous succession of false perceptions and meritless criticisms about its essential value.
The other thing that is absolutely unique about the Buddha’s teaching is the rationality of it. This is a Path which proceeds by the rational analysis of the perceptual mind in its entirety, and yes, we can attain Buddhahood by that process alone, but not in the modern era. The Buddha’s original teaching was what the human race needed 2500 years ago, and the rationality of it kicked off the Age of Reason which created our world as we now know it. Rational philosophical schools sprung up all over the planet at the time of the Buddha, but most notably in China and Greece. This kind of thing is characteristic of an Avataric Advent. The teaching and influence of the Avatar of the time is amplified and ramified by other developments of humanity which spring from His influence, but which seem to be separated by such things as space and culture of origin.
Buddhism has evolved along with humankind since the time of Gautam, and the Mahayana Buddhism of this time, which what I have been involved in in this life, and a whole seccession of previous lives as a Chinese monk, in practice has become fundamentally intuitive rather than rational, which is in tune with Meher Baba who said, “The Age of Reason is now over. This is now the Age of Intuition.” He defined Intuition as the balance of the mind and heart, brought about by speeding up the heart and slowing down the mind.
In real time, there are three types of Buddhist practice from traditional Buddhism, descended from Our Original Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha, which I have thoroughly tested, used and can approve of, and these should be included in the practices of the Maitreyayana lineage, depending on the needs of individuals. They are:
1. Pure Land Buddhism in its entirety. This is based on faith in the Buddha and the remembrance and repetition of the name of Gautam’s Sambhogakaya or Bliss Body, namely, Amitabha (Amida) Buddha. This is exactly, in Buddhist terms, the Nam Japs (repetition of God’s Name) which has been styled “The only effective spiritual practice in this terrible Kali Yug” by virtually every Avatar and Perfect Master (Guru, Qutub) in the modern era. The seemingly outrageous claims that are perpeptually made about Nam Japs (Nenbutsu) are actually true. You absolutely can tread the entire Path, even to Nirvikalpa Samadhi, by means of faith, Nam Japs, and the Grace of the Master alone. The universal problem with this method is that our whole tendency as human beings is either not to actually do the practice, or else not to have enough faith to bring it to fruition.
2. Sitting Meditation. This requires instruction by a live human being on your case, and it can be very fast and highly effective. But this Path is notorious for resulting in “fallen yogis,” individuals who find that the more they practice, and the more advanced they become, the more they start continuously hallucinating the wrong side of the Goddess, with the result of Precept violations, scandal, all-around dismay, betrayal, life-style attrition, and just pure damned bad karma in the general case. The Chinese euphemize the entire thoroughly forseeable outcome as “wild thoughts.” Just don’t do it, OK? Not unless you’re really, really destined to become a Zen Master yourself. Do Maitreya Yoga (see the [yet to be written] Vishveshwar section) instead. It’s faster, cleaner, more predictable, and far, far more flexible than Zen, and it doesn’t even try to turn you into a monk. To the contrary, Maitreya Yog is guaranteed to make you more flexible and adept in every kind of way, and far more fun to be around, for sure.
3. The diety practices of Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism. I’ve taken and stabilized so many of these, in this life alone, that it would simply be an exercise in arrogance even to list them. All Mahayana diety practices of all lineages, whether sutra or secret, can be empowered to fruition by this lineage. Bhauji was to me exactly what Naropa was to Marpa. Yes, Asian lineage holders, there are hundreds of secret Buddhist techiques running around in the clear on the Chinese web as I write, and I can use any of them, and transmit them to others. Of course, I won’t do that unless and until I really need them.