Buddha saidy'all need jesus
MrFuscle saidThe purpose of diamond meditation is to cultivate the desire to become a bodhisattva. Even if it were inspired by Christianity it is not antithetical to Buddhism. Even in that regard Buddhism tends to adapt to the cultures it is introduced into. This is why Buddhist beliefs are so diverse. Just as the Buddha reentered into Samsara for the benefit of all mankind, diamond meditation ask us to imagine our selves with the perfect speech and mind of a Buddha as long as perfect strength so that we may be of benefit to all sentient beings. The purpose is to inspire a great compassion. I am curious if you are a Buddhist as you were quick to dismiss the meditation I was given as well as offer me advice that may not be the best advice for me at this moment in my life, without seeking to understand my teaching and the benefits I clearly stated that it offered to me. Benefits I would like to offer to others as well.
While it's probably better to "cultivate the desire" for having the inclination and capacity for practicing compassion than it might be to "cultivate the desire" for having an inclination and capacity for causing others harm, perhaps meditation might even better serve as a vehicle for realization than as a parking spot for attaching oneself further with desire.
While there certainly are many branches of Buddhism generally offshoots of either Theravada or Mahayana, and even as some cultural practices might incorporate, say, animism into Buddhism as done in Thailand not unlike how Haitians have combined Vodun with Christianity, there comes a point, does there not, where Christianity is mere decoration, when the voodoo you do no longer adheres to precepts of that other faith.
All of Buddhism, regardless of which aspect of Buddhism is emphasized by whatever school of Buddhism, adheres to central tenets of their faith or set of thought processes be that deemed religious or philosophical in nature, i.e., the four nobles and the eightfold.
Within that, isn't a person's karma their own, isn't that sort of defining of karma and isn't that kind of exactly central to those concepts even of reincarnation. And if so, then what is the taking of someone's karma, this notion you've proposed that you might "take on the troubles" to "use...in session for...clients" which sounds more like the practice of Reiki. Is that not what you had in mind or did I misread that in which case feel free to elaborate. And if so, include in that how it is that you specified utilizing a practice for specific purpose and not simply in every day living.
Even if you didn't mean that you could take on their pain psychically as you might manipulate physically from their body some causes of pain, even if you'd just use those thoughts as vehicle towards compassion, even then, I did not as you say "dismiss (your) meditation" nor did I advise you off your path, rather, all I said was that you might consider "being a little careful with your mind", regardless of what school you adhere to.
Though stealing away with someone's karma--the Thugavada School of Buddhism?--might be less Buddhist/more Voodoo, there actually is application of a concept of taking on the ills of the world which could--within the structure of those thought processes--help facilitate healing of at least bad karma and which would still adhere to precepts. I wonder what that might be.
As to your stated curiosity, while I am not an adherent of religion, I am and have been a continuous student of Dzogchen for more than 20 years, a lifelong lucid dreamer, and a practitioner specifically of dream yoga for the past couple of decades or so. It's been a fun ride. Thanks for asking. Peace.